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Vilniaus getas (2006)

In 1942, in Vilnius, the Nazi annihilate 55,000 Jews and squeeze the 15,000 survivors in a seven blocks ghetto. The twenty-two year old sadistic commander Kittel is assigned to administrate... See full summary »

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Haya
Andrius Zebrauskas ...
Srulik
Vytautas Sapranauskas ...
Weiskopf
Margarita Ziemelyte ...
Lina
Alvydas Slepikas ...
Kruk
Jörg Lamprecht ...
Dessler (as Jörk Lamprecht)
Adrija Cepaite-Palsauskiene ...
Uma (as Adrija Cepaite)
Darius Meskauskas ...
Arntgen
Jurgis Domasevicius ...
Timan (as Jurgis Damasevicius)
Eimutis Kvosciauskas ...
Tana
Kristina Mauruseviciute ...
Judith
Sigitas Rackys ...
Kalman
Vilma Raubaite ...
Liuba (as Vilma Raubaité)
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In 1942, in Vilnius, the Nazi annihilate 55,000 Jews and squeeze the 15,000 survivors in a seven blocks ghetto. The twenty-two year old sadistic commander Kittel is assigned to administrate the ghetto in the capital of Lithuania, becoming the master of life or death. When he finds the gorgeous Hayyah sneaking with one kilo of beans stolen from the German army, he sentences her to death; but when he is informed that she was a former successful singer, he decides to activate the old theater and promote shows in the ghetto. The Jewish Chief of Police, Gens, uses the theater and a sewing factory to save as much lives as he can; in his ambiguous position, he kills Jews to save lives of others. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The New York production of "Ghetto" by Joshua Sobol opened at the Circle in the Square Theater in New York on April 30, 1989 and ran for 33 performances. See more »

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Bruno Kittel is wearing a Wehrmacht (army) uniform, while in fact he worked for the Gestapo. See more »

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Ich Bin Die Fesche Lola
Lyrics by Robert Liebmann
Music by Friedrich Hollaender
Performed by Judita Leitaite, Sostines Brass Quintet and Pavelas Giunteris (percussion)
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Impressively Cruel and Depressive
23 December 2007 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In 1942, in Vilna, the Nazi annihilate 55,000 Jews and squeeze the 15,000 survivors in a seven blocks ghetto. The twenty-two year old sadistic commander Kittel (Sebastian Hülk) is assigned to administrate the ghetto in the capital of Lithuania, becoming the master of life or death. When he finds the gorgeous Hayyah (Erika Marozsán) sneaking with one kilo of beam stolen from the German army, he sentences her to death; but when he is informed that she was a former successful singer, he decides to activate the old theater and promote shows in the ghetto. The Jew Chief of Police Gens (Heino Ferch) uses the theater and a sewing factory to save as much lives as he can; in his ambiguous position, he kills Jews to save lives of others.

"Ghetto" is an impressively cruel and depressive movie. The first point that impresses the viewer is certainly the cruelty and sadism of Kittel. Sebastian Hülk has an awesome performance in the role of the despicable Kittel and deserved a nomination to the Oscar. The screenplay does not spare the reality of the lives of the dwellers of this ghetto and their fight to survive in times of war, including the beginning of their resistance. However, it does not show the final destruction of the ghetto after a failed uprising on 01 September 1943 organized by the first Jewish partisan unit in Nazi-occupied Europe (the "Fareinigte Partizaner Organizacje" - the United Partisan Organization). The beauty of Erika Marozsán and the dramatic and conflictive position of Gens brilliantly performed by Heino Ferch, are also amazing. The music score gives a touch of class to this great Lithuanian production. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Ghetto"


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