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A young Jewish girl leads an escape attempt from a concentration camp.

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Gillo Pontecorvo
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Susan Strasberg ... Edith, alias Nicole Niepas
Laurent Terzieff ... Sascha
Emmanuelle Riva ... Terese
Didi Perego Didi Perego ... Sofia
Gianni Garko ... Karl, German Soldier
Annabella Besi Annabella Besi
Graziella Galvani Graziella Galvani
Paola Pitagora
Eleonora Bellinzaghi Eleonora Bellinzaghi
Bruno Scipioni Bruno Scipioni
Dragomir Felba Dragomir Felba ... (as Felba Dragomir)
Mira Dinulovic Mira Dinulovic
Semka Sokolovic-Bertok Semka Sokolovic-Bertok ... (as Semca Sokolic)
Dirjana Dojic Dirjana Dojic
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Storyline

Kapo is a black and white film that tells the story of a Jewish teenager sent to a concentration camp together with her parents. She manages to survive with the help of a Jewish doctor who gives her the identity of another woman who had died recently. Thus, Edith becomes Nicole and she is no longer a Jew, at least not in the papers. At first she is very sad about her parents' death but as time passed she realized she had to get out of that mood if she wanted to survive. So, she accepts an affair with a German officer even if she is only 14 and she starts getting privileges, becoming with time a Kapo, one of the women prisoners who were in charge with disciplining the other women. She knows it's the only way to survive but same time she lives in deep remorse even though she never shows any feelings. Written by Marina Ionescu

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One of six million UNTOLD stories WE DARE NOT FORGET!

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Drama | War

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Country:

Italy | France | Yugoslavia

Language:

Italian | German | Russian | Polish

Release Date:

29 September 1960 (Italy) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Gillo Pontecorvo's favorite of his own movies. See more »

Goofs

In the opening scene, Edith walks past some shops on her way back home. One of the shops look like it belongs to the booming 1950s than the more austere WWII period. There is a toy car or baby push car in the store window that shows the typical car design of the 1950s. See more »

Quotes

Edith, alias Nicole Niepas: [to Sasha] Your mother won't like me, I'm not a good girl, and my name's not Nicole, I'm a Jew.
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Featured in Pontecorvo: The Dictatorship of Truth (1992) See more »

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Incredible Story
14 May 2005 | by taibunsuu-1See all my reviews

I've never really liked holocaust flicks because they get well, usually made so that the dumbest of the dumb to 'get it.' Kapo is just a movie that shows, not tells, which of course makes the best story. Thanks to TCM for playing this gem that I'll buy on DVD as soon as it comes out. I'd never even heard of it, and I have seen a LOT of flicks.

Susan Strasburg does an incredible job as Nicollete / Edith. Her transformation from shell-shocked victim to cynical survivor is absolutely gripping. The tension in the movie builds to nearly unbearable level and the end simply leaves you scooping your jaw off the floor.

This is the type of movie I sorely needed after going on a loooong dry spell of celluloid garbage. Why this movie isn't famous, I have no idea, but it should be.


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