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Wohin und zurück - Teil 1: An uns glaubt Gott nicht mehr - Ferry oder Wie es war (1982)

After his father is murdered by the Nazis in 1938, a young Viennese Jew named Ferry Tobler flees to Prague, where he joins forces with another expatriate and a sympathetic Czech relief ... See full summary »

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Barbara Petritsch ... Alena
... Gandhi
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Georg Corten ... Kron
Bernd Jeschek ... Dolba
Georg Marischka ... Gross
Kurt Mejstrik ... Kornfeld
Fritz Muliar ... Mehlig
Eric Schildkraut ... Fein
... Grün
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After his father is murdered by the Nazis in 1938, a young Viennese Jew named Ferry Tobler flees to Prague, where he joins forces with another expatriate and a sympathetic Czech relief worker. Together with other Jewish refugees, the three make their way to Paris, and, after spending time in a French prison camp, eventually escape to Marseille, from where they hope to sail to a safe port. Written by National Center for Jewish Film

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16 May 1982 (Austria)  »

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running for their lives
22 November 2010 | by See all my reviews

Part One of Austrian director Axel Corti's magnificent 'Where To And Back' trilogy opens in Vienna on the morning after Kristallnacht, with a suddenly orphaned Austrian boy joining the ranks of other Jewish refugees in their mad dash back and forth across Europe in the months just prior to and following Germany's invasion of Poland in 1939. Corti's dramatic realism (seamlessly integrating archival footage alongside his actors) brings to life all the fear and energy of desperate times, offering a vivid depiction of a people in transit, and examining larger issues of anti-Semitism and cultural exile from an urgent but intimate perspective. The script by Georg Stefan Troeller was clearly written from firsthand experience; nothing in it is black and white except the confusion of the displaced population, never more than one step ahead of persecution and death. It's a sensitive, powerful film, and a moving prelude to a much larger tale of flight and survival.

(Made originally for Austrian television, but I was fortunate to catch the entire trilogy on the big screen at Wheeler Auditorium on the Berkeley campus, back in 1987.)


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