Prisoner of Paradise (2002)

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Documentary about Holocaust victim Kurt Gerron.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Narrator (voice)
Robert Lantz ...
Himself (as Robby Lantz)
Eleonore Hertzberg ...
Lone Koppel ...
Herself (as Lone Koppel de Moos)
Renée Saint-Cyr ...
Kees Brusse ...
Silvia Grohs Martin ...
Susanne Thaler ...
Hans Margules ...
Margit Silberfeld ...
Jan Fischer ...
Tommy Mandl ...
Paul Sandfort ...
Coco Schumann ...
Ela Weissberger ...


This documentary chronicles the life of Kurt Gerron, a German Jew who rose to prominence as an actor and director in prewar Germany and was eventually coerced by the Nazis into making a film portraying the concentration camp called Terezin (or Theresienstadt) seem like an ideal community of relocated Jews. A well-crafted documentary adeptly narrated by actor Ian Holm, "Prisoner of Paradise" is a fresh reminder that we should never forget what happened. Written by Anonymous

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History Come To Life
12 September 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

An excellent documentary about Holocaust victim and forgotten director Kurt Gerron.

In 1944, Gerron was coerced into directing a propaganda film intended to be viewed in "neutral" nations (Switzerland, Sweden, Ireland) showing how "humane" conditions were at Theresienstadt. Once filming was finished, Gerron and members of the Jazz pianist Martin Roman's Ghetto Swingers were deported on the camp's final train transport to Auschwitz. Gerron and his wife were gassed immediately upon arrival, along with the film's entire performing entourage (except for Roman and guitarist Coco Schumann).The next day, Reichsführer SS Heinrich Himmler ordered the closure of the gas chambers.

I had never heard of Gerron before seeing this film, which is not surprising given he was only successful in Germany and had not made the transition to American films like many others did. His association with Peter Lorre, Fritz Lang and others is interesting and one wonders what might have happened if he survived...

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