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Germany Year Zero (1948)

Germania anno zero (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, War | 19 September 1949 (USA)
A young German boy faces the problems of the tough life in the immediate post WWII Berlin.

Director:

Roberto Rossellini

Writers:

Roberto Rossellini (screenplay), Roberto Rossellini (dialogue) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Edmund Moeschke ... Edmund Köhler (as Edmund Meschke)
Ernst Pittschau Ernst Pittschau ... Il padre
Ingetraud Hinze ... Eva (as Ingetraud Hinz)
Franz-Otto Krüger Franz-Otto Krüger ... Karl-Heinz (as Franz Grüger)
Erich Gühne Erich Gühne ... Il maestro
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Edmund, a young boy who lives in war-devastated Germany after the Second World War has to do all kinds of work and tricks to help his family in getting food and barely survive. One day he meets a man who used to be one of his teachers in school and hopes to get support from him, but the ideas of this man do not lead Edmund in a clearer or safer way of living... Written by Hugo <transit@cam.org>

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The country is obliterated, the buildings are dilapidated and the people are desolated.

Genres:

Drama | War

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Country:

Italy | France | Germany

Language:

German | English | French

Release Date:

19 September 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Germany Year Zero See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

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| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Il medico: His heart is very weak. His whole condition is bad.
Eva: What can we do?
Il medico: He needs nutritrious foods, vitamins.
Eva: How can we do that, Doctor?
Edmund: With the cards we have, we can't get more
Il medico: Yes, I know. It's the same all over. The best thing would be to get him into a hospital. But they are all more than full.
Karl-Heinz: Couldn't we at least try, Doctor?
Il medico: Cases worse than his have not been admitted.
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Fear eats the soul.
30 April 2007 | by John PrimaveraSee all my reviews

Rossellini's films just after World War II are to be appreciated as both social comment and for artistic advancement in the matter of film. This film, like no other, deals with Germany as a vanquished nation, driven downward toward annihilation. Edmund, a young boy, made to beggar himself in order to survive, gives one of the truly authentic portraits of youth driven to despair ever seen on the screen.

How used to sentimentality we Americans had become by the time Rossellini made this desolate vision of a destroyed post-war Europe.

How coddled and led astray were we by image after image of dimpled, freckled kids clutching hold of their pets. Children the likes of Mickey Rooney or Dean Stockwell. How engaging...and yet how unreal.

Edmund isn't just a child, we learn. But more so, a country.

A nation bombed into rubble and tasting its own ashes. Stripped of everything of any value and reduced to zero. Rejected by everyone and forced into murder...in the end made to stare death in the face.

Germany YEAR ZERO will shock you. Make you wince as the tragedy of a nation corrupted unfolds, and self-destructs.

Edmund is no longer just a boy made to suffer in a world he never made. In the end he's our conscience.


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