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Prisoner of Paradise -- Nazis force actor and filmmaker Kurt Gerron, incarcerated in a concentration camp, to make a propaganda movie.


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23 April 2011 (Japan) See more »
Documentary about Holocaust victim Kurt Gerron. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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compelling, thought provoking, like no other film about the holocaust See more (7 total) »


  (in credits order)

Ian Holm ... Narrator (voice)
Robert Lantz ... Himself (as Robby Lantz)
Eleonore Hertzberg ... Herself
Lone Koppel ... Herself (as Lone Koppel de Moos)
Renée Saint-Cyr ... Herself
Kees Brusse ... Himself
Silvia Grohs Martin ... Herself
Susanne Thaler ... Herself
Hans Margules ... Himself
Margit Silberfeld ... Herself
Jan Fischer ... Himself
Tommy Mandl ... Himself
Paul Sandfort ... Himself
Coco Schumann ... Himself
Ela Weissberger ... Herself
Salle Fischermann ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Hans Albers ... (archive footage)

Marlene Dietrich ... (archive footage)
Kurt Gerron ... Himself (archive footage)
Joseph Goebbels ... (archive footage) (as Josef Goebbels)

Adolf Hitler ... Himself (archive footage)

Peter Lorre ... Himself (archive footage)
Martin Roman ... Himself (archive footage)
Maurice Rossel ... Himself / International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) delegate during WWII (archive footage)
Magda Schneider ... Herself (archive footage)

Directed by
Malcolm Clarke 
Stuart Sender 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Malcolm Clarke 

Produced by
Malcolm Clarke .... producer: 3849180 Canada Inc.
Christopher Eberts .... co-executive producer
David Eberts .... co-producer
Jake Eberts .... executive producer
Jamie Gilcig .... associate producer
Marion Schmidt .... associate producer
Karl-Eberhard Schäfer .... producer (as Karl-Eberhard Schaefer)
Stuart Sender .... executive producer
Andre Singer .... co-executive producer: Café Productions (as André Singer)
Original Music by
Luc St. Pierre 
Cinematography by
Michael Hammon 
Film Editing by
Glenn Berman 
Susan Shanks 
Production Management
Pierre Thériault .... post-production supervisor
Sound Department
Pierre-Jules Audet .... supervising sound editor
Pierre Laroche .... assistant sound re-recording engineer
Martin Lemieux .... sound effects editor
Louis Molinas .... sound effects editor
Visual Effects by
Dean Lewis .... visual effects supervisor
Camera and Electrical Department
Tilman Büttner .... steadicam operator
David Eberts .... additional camera operator
Editorial Department
Mathieu Bélanger .... assistant editor
Eric Losier .... on-line editor
Marc Lussier .... colorist
Other crew
Jamie Gilcig .... researcher
Marion Schmidt .... historical researcher
Udo Happel .... special thanks

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Brazil:96 min | USA:96 min
Canada:PG (Ontario) | Japan:G

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17 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
compelling, thought provoking, like no other film about the holocaust, 8 March 2003
Author: jsend

I loved this film for it's brave portrait of a character who made a morally ambiguous choice. The filmmakers allowed the story to unfold and give the audience credit for being able to come to their won conclusions about what they think of what Kurt Gerron did. It is the first time I have seen a film set against the holocaust that went beyond the horror stories we are already familiar with and examines a victim of nazi atrocities who in a strange way became a part of the propaganda machine. I think everyone should see this beautifully made film!

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