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Forbidden (1984)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance, War | December 1984 (UK)
In Berlin in the early 1940s, romance is forbidden between the young countess who is studying veterinary medicine and a young man she meets at the home of a former professor. But they fall ... See full summary »


Anthony Page


Leonard Gross (teleplay), Leonard Gross (book)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jacqueline Bisset ... Nina von Halder
Jürgen Prochnow ... Fritz Friedländer
Irene Worth ... Ruth Friedländer
Peter Vaughan ... Major Stauffel
Robert Dietl ... Nils Arvidsson
Avis Bunnage Avis Bunnage ... Frau Schmidt
Malcolm Kaye Malcolm Kaye ... Max Baum
Georg Tryphon Georg Tryphon ... Franz
Annie Leon ... Erica von Kirdorf
Amanda Cannings Amanda Cannings ... Lucie
Osman Ragheb Osman Ragheb ... Hans Wittenhagen
Guntbert Warns ... Librarian
Herta Schwarz Herta Schwarz ... Berta
Ulli Kinalzik ... Gestapo Agent
Gerhard Frey Gerhard Frey ... Emil Janos


In Berlin in the early 1940s, romance is forbidden between the young countess who is studying veterinary medicine and a young man she meets at the home of a former professor. But they fall in love. She gets involved in helping Jews escape from the Nazis. All get out of Berlin except the young man. There is a room in her apartment where he can't be seen through the windows and a chest converted into a sofa where she and her brothers played hide-and-seek as children. This real life hide-and-seek game has high stakes. The movie is said to be based on a true story. Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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Drama | Romance | War

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Rated PG-13 for some violence and sensuality | See all certifications »

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Love under the most difficult possible circumstances in Berlin during the war
1 May 2020 | by clanciaiSee all my reviews

A true story of almost documentary character telling the terrible story of some of those Berliners who refused to leave the city in the war in spite of all the odds against their survival if they stayed. It's the story of a countess studying to become a vet who gets involved with the son of the first Jew who became a judge in Germany, a veteran of the first world war, so the son was brought up to be a German, not a Jew, but of course that meant nothing to the Nazi government and the Gestapo, and things really started to look grim when the war broke out on the precise day when the countess enrolled in the university. She is played by Jacqueline Bisset who is always a success when it comes to roles of great integrity, and this performance is a virtuoso piece in all its simple and straightforward honesty. The man is played by Jürgen Prochnow, who is a good match for her, although she has to keep him out of her underground involvements, which he of course finds difficult. His mother (Irene Worth), with whom he stays at first, also refuses to leave Berlin and is later brought to Theresienstadt. The title of the book on which the film is based is "The Last Jews of Berlin" which tells exactly what it is all about. There are many authentic documentary cuts illustrating the ordeal and destruction of Berlin and the Berliners, so the film coudln't be more convincing. It is a gripping tale and the more gripping and important for being all true.

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December 1984 (UK) See more »

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