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  (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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History Come To Life, 12 September 2013
Author: gavin6942 from United States

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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