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Rosenstrasse -- After the death of her father, Hannah becomes concerned with the strange behavior of her mother. As her mother's troubled childhood is revealed, Hannah realizes how little she ever knew.

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18 September 2003 (Germany) See more »
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After the death of her father, Hannah becomes concerned with the strange behavior of her mother. As her mother's troubled childhood is revealed, Hannah realizes how little she ever knew. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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7 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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A rare coup for potential victims of the Holocaust See more (25 total) »

Cast

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Katja Riemann ... Lena Fischer - age 33

Maria Schrader ... Hannah Weinstein
Doris Schade ... Lena Fischer - age 90
Jutta Lampe ... Ruth Weinstein - age 60
Svea Lohde ... Ruth Weinstein - age 8

Jürgen Vogel ... Arthur von Eschenbach
Martin Feifel ... Fabian Fischer

Fedja van Huêt ... Luis Marquez
Carola Regnier ... Rachel Rosenbauer
Plien van Bennekom ... Marian

Romijn Conen ... Ben
Julia Eggert ... Emily

Thekla Reuten ... Klara Singer
Jutta Wachowiak ... Frau Goldberg

Jan Decleir ... Nathan Goldberg
Lena Stolze ... Miriam Süßmann
Edwin de Vries ... Vater Erika / Erika's Father
Carine Crutzen ... Mutter Erika / Erika's Mother
Lilian Schiffer ... Erika Singer
Sarah Nemitz ... Adele
Rainer Strecker ... SS-Mann Schneider / SS-Man Schneider
Peter Ender ... Schupo 'Franz'
Roland Silbernagl ... Jüdsicher Ordner / Jewish Orderly
Katalin Zsigmondy ... Norissa
Hans Peter Hallwachs ... Vater von Eschenbach / Father von Eschenbach
Gaby Dohm ... Elsa von Eschenbach

Isolde Barth ... Mutter Fabian / Fabian's Mother
Fritz Lichtenhahn ... Vater Fabian / Fabian's Father
Nina Kunzendorf ... Litzy

Martin Wuttke ... Joseph Goebbels
Hans Kremer ... Hauptsturmführer Weber
Wolfgang Pregler ... Herr Müller / Mr. Müller
Claudia Rieschel ... Kollegin Klara / Klara's Colleague
Siemen Rühaak ... Sturmbannführer / SS-Officer
Burkhard Schmeer ... Hauptscharführer

Heio von Stetten ... Wolfgang von Welz

Carl Achleitner ... Sturmbannführer / SS-Officer
Frank Behnke ... Oberscharführer
Harald Burmeister
Stacey Denham ... Tänzerin im Club / Dancer in Club
Robert Dölle ... Hans Singer
Lars-Kilian Falk ... Der kranke Mann / The ill Man
Uwe Fischer
Monika Häckermann
Ben Kropp
Jean-Pierre Le Roy
Felix Moeller
Morris Perry ... Tänzer im Club / Dancer in Club
Heinz Rilling
Johannes Schäfer
Atto Suttarp
Cynthia Utterbach ... Sängerin im Club / Singer in Club
Britta Jakobi ... Frau aus der Rosenstrasse / Woman from Rosenstrasse
Hannelore Koch ... Frau aus der Rosenstrasse / Woman from Rosenstrasse
Yvette Richter ... Frau aus der Rosenstrasse / Woman from Rosenstrasse
Christine Schuster ... Frau aus der Rosenstrasse / Woman from Rosenstrasse
Renate Usko ... Woman waiting in Rosenstrasse
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cécile Decker ... Jewess (uncredited)
Susanne Frommert ... Geliebte (uncredited)
Jochen Striebeck ... Nathan Goldberg (voice) (uncredited)
Björn Wenner ... GeStaPo-Offizier (uncredited)

Directed by
Margarethe von Trotta 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Pamela Katz 
Margarethe von Trotta 

Produced by
Henrik Meyer .... producer
Errol Nayci .... co-producer
Kerstin Ramcke .... executive producer
Sabine Schenk .... line producer: New York
Sabine Schild .... line producer
Richard Schöps .... producer
Volkert Struycken .... co-producer
Markus Zimmer .... producer
 
Original Music by
Loek Dikker 
 
Cinematography by
Franz Rath 
 
Film Editing by
Corina Dietz 
 
Casting by
Sabine Schroth 
 
Production Design by
Heike Bauersfeld 
 
Costume Design by
Ursula Eggert 
 
Makeup Department
Nicola Faas .... makeup artist
Maike Heinlein .... assistant makeup artist
Gerhard Nemetz .... makeup artist
Mia Schöpke .... makeup artist (as Mia Schoepke)
 
Production Management
Hans-Erich Busch .... production manager (as Hans-E. Busch)
Arno Neubauer .... unit manager
 
Art Department
Marco Pressler .... construction manager
Torsten Schwartz .... supervisor plasterer
Cindy Schnitter .... plasterer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Christian Bischoff .... sound assistant
Sören Blüthgen .... foley mixer
Svenja Dielforter .... boom operator b
Christof Ebhardt .... sound editor
Joo Fürst .... foley artist
Lisa Geffcken-Reinhard .... foley editor
Monika Gussner .... adr editor
Magda Habernickel .... sound editor
Annette Prey .... sound editor
Max Rammler-Rogall .... sound re-recording mixer
Eric Rueff .... sound
Marcel Spisak .... sound editor
 
Special Effects by
Bernd Wildau .... special effects
Adolf Wojtinek .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Markus Drayss .... digital artist
Michael Lanzensberger .... visual effects set supervisor
Frank Rueter .... digital artist: 2D and 3D
Dominik Trimborn .... visual effects coordinator: Arri
Christian Wieser .... pre-visualization artist
 
Stunts
Christof Genesis .... stunts
Udo Harnach .... stunt performer
Armin Sauer .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jan Betke .... assistant camera
Jan Betke .... still photographer
Steven C. O'Neill .... grip
Jörg Widmer .... Steadicam operator
 
Casting Department
Iris Müller .... extras casting
 
Editorial Department
Traudl Nicholson .... color timer
 
Music Department
Michael Hinreiner .... music mixer
 
Transportation Department
David Mohn .... production driver
 
Other crew
Jed Curtis .... dialogue coach
Peter Futschik .... account assistant
Birgit Mangold .... production controller
Arno Neubauer .... location unit manager
Marco Schenke .... crowd marshall
Lars C. Steinmeyer .... set runner
Juliane Voigt .... production secretary
Harro von Have .... legal services: production
Martin Zwanzger .... title designer
 

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, some violence and brief drug content
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Canada:136 min (Toronto International Film Festival) | Switzerland:136 min | USA:136 min | Argentina:136 min
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Nathan Stoltzfus' book "Resistance of the Heart: Intermarriage and the Rosenstrasse Protest in Nazi Germany" (1997) was published after Margarethe von Trotta started work on the film. It is possible that it was used as source material for some of the characters and incidents in the film.See more »
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Featured in Katja Riemann (2006) (TV)See more »
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14 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
A rare coup for potential victims of the Holocaust, 20 November 2005
Author: (roland@atkinsononfilm.com) from Portland, Oregon, United States

Another small piece of the vast picture puzzle of the Holocaust is turned face up in this docudrama about the Rosenstrasse Protest in Berlin, an event I had not known of, that began in late February, 1943. The details are given in an addendum that follows this review.

The film narrative sets the story of this protest within another, contemporary story that begins in New York City, in the present. Here a well off, non-observant Jewish woman, whose husband has just died, shocks her children and others by insisting on an extremely orthodox mourning ritual. She goes even further, demanding that her daughter's non-Jewish fiancé leave the house.

The distressed daughter, Hannah (Maria Schrader) then learns for the first time from an older cousin that during WWII, in Berlin, her mother, then 8 years old, had been taken in and protected by an Aryan woman. Hannah drops everything, goes to Berlin, and finds this woman, Lena Fischer, now 90. Hannah easily persuades the woman to tell her story. It all seems rather too pat.

The film thereafter improves, focusing through long flashbacks primarily on the events of 1943 that surrounded the protest, in which the fictitious central character is the same Mrs. Fischer at 33 (played magnificently by Katja Riemann), a Baroness and accomplished pianist who is married to Fabian (Martin Feifel), a Jewish concert violinist, one of the men detained at the Rosenstrasse site.

The narrative does briefly weave back to the present from time to time and also ends in New York City once again. While scenes in the present are color saturated, the 1943 scenes are washed out, strong on blue-gray tones.

The quality of acting is generally quite good, what we might expect given the deep reservoir of talent in Germany and the direction of Margarethe von Trotta, New German Cinema's most prominent female filmmaker, herself a former actress.

The story of the protest is told simply. Only one feature is lacking that would have helped: still-text notes at the end indicating the eventual outcome for those people taken into custody at Rosenstrasse, an outcome that was, as the addendum below makes clear, incredibly positive.

"Rosenstrasse" has not fared well in the opinions of most film critics. Overly long, needlessly layered, purveyor of gender stereotypes, manipulative with music: so go the usual raps. It is too long. But I found in this film an austere, powerful, spontaneous and entirely convincing voice of protest from the women who kept the vigil outside the place on Rosenstrasse where their Jewish relatives and others were detained. I found nothing flashy, contemporary or manipulative in this depiction.

The very absence of extreme violence (no one is shot or otherwise physically brutalized) intensified my tension, which increased incrementally as the film progressed. You keep waiting for some vicious attack to begin any minute. The somberness of the film stayed with me afterward. I awoke often later in the night I saw the film, my mind filled with bleak, melancholic, chaotic images and feelings conjured by the film. For me, that happens rarely. (In German and English). My rating: 8/10 (B+). (Seen on 05/31/05). If you'd like to read more of my reviews, send me a message for directions to my websites.

Add: The Rosenstrasse Protest: Swept up from their forced labor jobs in what was meant to be the Final Roundup in the national capital, 1700 to 2000 Jews, mostly men married to non-Jewish women, were herded into Rosenstrasse 2-4, a welfare office for the Jewish community in central Berlin.

Because these Jews had German relatives, many of them highly connected, Adolf Eichmann hoped that segregating them from other prisoners would convince family members that their loved ones were being sent to labor camps rather than to more ominous destinations in occupied Poland.

Normally, those arrested remained in custody for only two days before being loaded onto trains bound for the East. But before deportation of prisoners could occur in this case, wives and other relatives got wind of what was happening and appeared at the Rosenstrasse address, first in ones and twos, and then in ever-growing numbers.

Perhaps as many as six thousand participated in the protest, although not all at the same time. Women demanded back their husbands, day after day, for a week. Unarmed, unorganized, and leaderless, they faced down the most brutal forces at the disposal of the Third Reich.

Joseph Goebbels, the Gauleiter (governor or district leader) of Berlin, anxious to have that city racially cleansed, was also in charge of the nation's public morale. On both counts he was worried about the possible repercussions of the women's actions. Rather than inviting more open dissent by shooting the women down in the streets and fearful of jeopardizing the secrecy of the "Final Solution," Goebbels with Hitler's concurrence released the Rosenstrasse prisoners and even ordered the return of twenty-five of them who already had been sent to Auschwitz!

To both Hitler and Goebbels, the decision was a mere postponement of the inevitable. But they were mistaken. Almost all of those released from Rosenstrasse survived the war. The women won an astonishing victory over the forces of destruction. (Adapted from an article posted at the University of South Florida website, "A Teacher's Guide to the Holocaust.")

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