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Invincible (2001)

 -  Drama | War  -  17 January 2002 (Germany)
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Herschel Steinschneider / Erik Jan Hanussen
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Zishe Breitbart
Anna Gourari ...
Marta Farra
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Master of Ceremonies
Jacob Wein ...
Benjamin Breitbart
Gustav-Peter Wöhler ...
Alfred Landwehr (as Gustav Peter Woehler)
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Herbert Golder ...
Rabbi Edelmann
Gary Bart ...
Yitzak Breitbart
Renate Krößner ...
Mother Breitbart
Ben-Tzion Hershberg ...
Gershon
Rebecca Wein ...
Rebecca
Raphael Wein ...
Raphael
Daniel Wein ...
Daniel
Chana Wein ...
Chana
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Storyline

The film is based on the true story of Zishe Breitbart, a Jewish blacksmith's son from Poland who becomes a sensation in Weimar, Berlin as a mythical strongman. His employer Hanussen dreams of establishing an all-powerful Ministry of the Occult in Hitler's government. Yet as Hitler's hold on power grows more sure, and Berlin erupts in a ferment of anti-Semitism, Zishe must decide how he will use his strength. Plagued by nightmares, he takes counsel from a local rabbi. He becomes convinced that he has been chosen by God to warn his people of the grave danger they face. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Rated PG-13 for some sexual content and thematic elements | See all certifications »
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17 January 2002 (Germany)  »

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$14,293 (USA) (20 September 2002)

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$80,636 (USA) (18 October 2002)
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The actress Anna Gourari who plays the character Marta Faria is an actual world class pianist and plays all the pieces in the movie with out having to fake it at playing the piano. See more »

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The actual Zishe Breitbart died on October 12 1925, almost eight years before the events of the film. In the film he dies on January 28, 1933, "only two days before Hitler's ascent to power". This inaccuracy is a deliberate choice and should be regarded as "poetic license" on the part of the director. See more »

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Hanussen: No jew should be as strong as you are.
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You're the Cream in My Coffee
(1928)
Music by Ray Henderson
Lyrics by Lew Brown and Buddy G. DeSylva (as B.G. de Sylva)
Performed by Max Raabe and his Palast Orchestra
Published by Chappell & Co Inc. / Ray Henderson Music / Stephen Ballentine Music / Redwood Music Ltd.
Courtesy of Chappell & Co GmbH / Greenhorn Musikverlag GmbH
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If not a great movie, it is a good one, stirring up questions of Good vs. Evil
9 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Of the filmmaker Werner Herzog, I've heard and read strange things about him and his films. That two of his works, Aguirre: The Wrath of God, and Fitzceraldo, are two of the most bizarre modern European films. That he once ate a shoe from a bet with Errol Morris, and made a documentary about it. That he once said (and I'm paraphrasing) "some people make movies with their minds and hearts, I make them with my (expletive)." So, when I saw this film at the rental store, Invincible, and the image of Tim Roth in a truly Gothic pose on the cover, I expected it to be a dark, brooding film about pre-war, pre-dictator Hitler Germany. In a way it is, and in a way its not. Although the film is rated PG-13, I would imagine that for the die-hard Herzog fans this is like his family film, or at the least kids might not be too freaked out to watch it. Surprisingly, Herzog brings a fable out of a true story, about how each side of the coin is a certain way, black or white, and whichever role you choose defines you, though there can be an exception.

There was one sequence, however, where I saw that Herzog brilliantly had a kind of surreal, one-of-a-kind filmed scene that I expected amongst the more typical dramatic scenes. It involves a dream of Zishe's (played by near unknown Jouko Ahola in a mostly one-note performance) where he walks around on a rocky beach. He is surrounded by bright red crabs, and steps around on the rock trying not to knock them down or get snipped by their claws. But he does so casually, with the searing Hans Zimmer/Klaus Blaudet music in the background. This dream occurs again towards the end of the film, as his younger brother leads him by the hand through the crabs on the rocks, somehow giving him strength. These are powerful scenes in a movie that could've been even more powerful.

Take Tim Roth's performance- it towers above all the others because most (aside from Udo Kier whom I recognized) are non-professionals. It's to Herzog's credit that he makes these people in Poland shtetels and in Berlin to be believable, but he's not a great director of them like the neo-realists in Italy were. And because Roth, as this brooding, tragic anti-hero witnesses what happens with his strongman from Poland, is so good and subtle at his role, he out-acts pretty much anyone else in the film. Watching him is fascinating, especially when he's quiet and subtle, or in the scenes when he's on stage performing his acts. It shows how versatile he can be in this film. I just wish it was the same for the others. (strong) B+


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