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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.

Director:

Agnieszka Holland

Writers:

Agnieszka Holland, Solomon Perel (memoir: Ich war Hitlerjunge Salomon) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 8 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama | History | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Germany | France | Poland

Language:

German | Russian | Polish | Hebrew

Release Date:

14 November 1990 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Europa Europa See more »

Filming Locations:

Poland See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$31,433, 30 June 1991, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,575,738
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The movie was shot simultaneously in English and German. See more »

Goofs

When 'Jupp' leaves the police station after he admits to not possessing 'racial purity' papers, the town is bombed by a modern-era Hercules C-130 transport aircraft. See more »

Quotes

Leni's Mother: Are you really German?
Salomon 'Solly' 'Salek' Perel: No. I'm a Jew.
Leni's Mother: I knew it. From the beginning I knew. I swear I won't betray you.
Salomon 'Solly' 'Salek' Perel: I had to tell someone. I couldn't stand it anymore.
Leni's Mother: You mustn't tell Leni.
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Connections

Featured in The 100 Greatest War Films (2005) See more »

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An Amazing Cinematic Accomplishment
22 September 1998 | by BorsSee all my reviews

When, this summer, I saw "Saving Private Ryan", I was immediately reminded of this film. Using the same kind of camera angles that got Spielberg praise in "Ryan", we see the hollowness of the war-torn psyche and the brutality that emerges in people during warfare. We see hideous indoctrination that the German youth were subjected to, giving them depth beyond a few simple lines. Most of all, however, we see the absurdity inherent in such a large scale, world-shattering conflict. The film communicates its message with a clarity that makes one almost uneasy. As good as "Ryan" was, this is better.


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