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Jacob the Liar (1974)

Jakob, der Lügner (original title)
A Jewish ghetto in central Europe, 1944. By coincidence, Jakob Heym eavesdrops on a German radio broadcast announcing the Soviet Army is making slow by steady progress towards central ... See full summary »

Director:

Frank Beyer

Writers:

Jurek Becker (novel), Jurek Becker (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vlastimil Brodský ... Jakob Heym
Erwin Geschonneck ... Kowalski
Henry Hübchen Henry Hübchen ... Mischa
Blanche Kommerell Blanche Kommerell ... Rosa Frankfurter
Manuela Simon Manuela Simon ... Lina
Dezsö Garas Dezsö Garas ... Frankfurter
Zsuzsa Gordon Zsuzsa Gordon ... Mrs. Frankfurter
Friedrich Richter Friedrich Richter ... Dr. Kirschbaum
Margit Bara Margit Bara ... Josefa
Reimar J. Baur Reimar J. Baur ... Herschel Schtamm
Armin Mueller-Stahl ... Roman Schtamm
Hermann Beyer Hermann Beyer ... Wachhabender
Klaus Brasch Klaus Brasch ... Najdorf
Jürgen Hilbrecht Jürgen Hilbrecht ... Schwocj
Paul Lewitt Paul Lewitt ... Horowitz
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Storyline

A Jewish ghetto in central Europe, 1944. By coincidence, Jakob Heym eavesdrops on a German radio broadcast announcing the Soviet Army is making slow by steady progress towards central Europe. In order to keep his companion in misfortune, Mischa, from risking his life for a few potatoes, he tells him what he heard and announces that he is in possession of a radio - in the ghetto a crime punishable by death. It doesn't take long for word of Jakob's secret to spread - suddenly, there is new hope and something to live for - and so Jakob finds himself in the uncomforting position of having to come up with more and more stories. Written by c.winter

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | War

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Language:

German

Release Date:

17 April 1975 (East Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

It was not easy for Frank Beyer to convince renown actor Erwin Geschonneck to agree to play Kowalski, since Geschonneck would have liked to play Jakob himself. Eventually, Geschonneck was convinced by the argument that the introverted Jakob should be enacted by a more inconspicuous-looking actor. See more »

Quotes

Kowalski: I'm asking you as a friend. What would you invest in?
Jakob Heym: Maybe luxury goods of some kind. They were crazy for them after the last war. David built a house with the profits on the schnapps he sold.
Kowalski: You're right. Do you think we'll have potatoes to make schnapps?
Jakob Heym: Probably not. Everything will be short. You need good instincts.
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Award winning and very interesting
27 April 2003 | by davorka46See all my reviews

This movie is a story full of lies that brought more hope to the Jews living in the Ghetto. Jakob was the one being outside after curfew and he had to report to the Police, and after walking into the station he heard some news on the Radio. He thought that it was good news that the Russians were coming closer. He could not m=keep that to himself so he went and told this to one of his friends who was not supposed to say anything. After a short while the whole Ghetto was talking about those news. Jakob saw that everybody was feeling much better so he continued to tell lies about the news. This is a movie that gets better and better as it moves along. It also gives hope to the Jewish people in the Ghetto and Jakob was having good intentions but it just complicated itself more and more.


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