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Europa Europa (1990)

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A boy in Nazi Germany, trying to conceal that he is Jewish, joins the Hitler Youth.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Solomon Perel ... Salomon Perel heute (as Salomon Perel)
... Salomon Perel jung
René Hofschneider ... Isaak
... David
Klaus Abramowsky ... Vater
Michèle Gleizer ... Mutter
Marta Sandrowicz ... Bertha
Nathalie Schmidt ... Basia
Delphine Forest ... Inna
... Zenek
Martin Maria Blau ... Ulmayer
... Stalin's Sohn
Klaus Kowatsch ... Schulz
Holger Kunkel ... Kramer
Bernhard Howe ... Feldwebel
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Storyline

A Jewish boy, separated from his family in the early days of WWII, poses as a German orphan and is thereafter taken into the heart of the Nazi world as a 'war hero' and eventually made a Hitler Youth. Although improbabilities and happenstance are cornerstones of the film, it is based upon a true story. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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In the tradition of Voltaire's Candide and Jerzy Kosinski's The Painted Bird.

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Drama | History | War

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Rated R for mature treatment of holocaust issues | See all certifications »

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14 November 1990 (France)  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$31,433, 30 June 1991, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,575,738
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1.66 : 1
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The film met with a lukewarm reception in its native Germany, with the local media being less than complementary about it. The German Oscar selection committee did not even include it as a submission for that year's Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. Much embarrassment ensued when it went on to become one of the most successful German films ever released in the US, winning a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. See more »

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At one point Salomon narrowly misses being killed in an air-raid, which kills his roommate. Rather than show a World War II aircraft, or even a bomber, stock footage shows a single C-130 Hercules transport aircraft, which was not even designed until many years after the war. See more »

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Salomon 'Solly' 'Salek' Perel: The landowners and the bourgeois keep the people in ignorance. They encourage religious superstitions, and with the help of the popes, priests and rabbis they smother all revolutionary instinct. That's why we call religion the opium of the masses.
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Referenced in The 100 Greatest War Films (2005) See more »

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Well made.
20 November 2003 | by See all my reviews

The print that I saw of this film was stunning. Come to think of it, every aspect of this film was well though out, excellently executed, and just as stunning. And just like any other film that deals with the plight of the Jewish people during WWII, this is not a feel good film that will have you wanting to watch it again and again. Very well made and well acted film.


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