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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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Gens
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Kittel
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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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In the scene of execution of Jews in the forest Lithuanian militiamen hold American M14 rifles (without magazines) - this rifle was designed only in 1954, and US military took it to the service in 1957. See more »

Soundtracks

Chaconne BWV 1004
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Written by Johann Sebastian Bach (as J.S. Bach)
Performed by Chordos Quartet (Ieva Sipaityte, Egle Jurasunaite, Robertas Bliskevicius and Mindaugas Backus)
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Unique take on WWII
14 November 2007 | by See all my reviews

I saw this movie in Mexico City, of all places, on Cinemax. At first I wasn't sure what to make of it, but I think that's why I liked it so much. You were never sure who to trust; who was good and who was bad (though, obviously, the Nazis were easy to categorize as the bad guys). The movie is really about Gens and the position he is in between the Nazis and the Jews. It really isn't clear whether he does the right thing; indeed, it isn't clear that there IS a right thing to do. In this way I thought the movie was more three-dimensional than "The Pianist," in which we know that our hero is an innocent victim. Here, Gens could be an innocent victim or he could be a ruthless opportunist. Or he could be both. In my opinion, that is what makes a character interesting.

What impressed me the most about this movie, however, was the music. Please, if anyone could find a soundtrack for it, let me know. It was a great combination of opera, swing, and tango, and captured the passion and drama of the times. While it could be argued that "The Pianist" was, in Adrian Brody's own words, about how a man's love of music saved him during horrible times, that movie had almost NO music at all. This movie is a much better illustration of the theme of music and art being mankind's salvation.

To me, a good movie is one that makes me think, one that rattles around in my head long after it ends. This movie passes the test, as I've been thinking of it on and off for several days. Yes, it is an odd blend of humor, drama, and horror, but I thought its uniqueness and depth made it a great film.


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