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Drei Tage im April (1995)

This feature film is set in the small Swabian village of Nesselbühl, Germany, in April 1945, shortly before the end of the war. The roaring guns of the approaching American troops can be ... See full summary »

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Oliver Storz

Writer:

Oliver Storz
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Cast

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Karoline Eichhorn ... Anna
April Hailer April Hailer ... Irene
Eva Michel Eva Michel ... Elli
Birke Bruck Birke Bruck ... Amalie
Dieter Eppler Dieter Eppler ... Steigmaier
Walter Schultheiß Walter Schultheiß ... Klenck
Sepp Schauer Sepp Schauer ... Hochmoser
Manfred Böhm Manfred Böhm ... Pfarrer Sengle
Heidy Forster Heidy Forster ... Kätter
Felix Eitner Felix Eitner ... Rolf
Bärbel Strecker Bärbel Strecker ... Marlies
Markus Knüfken
Reinhold Ohngemach Reinhold Ohngemach ... Raab
Rotraut Rieger Rotraut Rieger ... Elfriede Kachel
Ewa Bukowska Ewa Bukowska ... Helena
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This feature film is set in the small Swabian village of Nesselbühl, Germany, in April 1945, shortly before the end of the war. The roaring guns of the approaching American troops can be heard in the distance and only Anna, daughter of an innkeeper and leader of the German Girls Society (BDM), still believes that hope can be found in trusting the Führer. But then, overnight, a train arrives at the village station bringing a horror nobody is prepared for: three cattle cars of Jewish concentration camp prisoners being moved to a new camp farther away from Allied Forces. The dying prisoners stay on the tracks for three days, strangers no one wants to be responsible for. Strangely enough, life goes on as usual in Nesselbühl. Only for young Anna will nothing be as it was again. Written by National Center for Jewish Film

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

7 April 1995 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Three Days in April See more »

Filming Locations:

Griedstedt, Thuringia, Germany See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Astonishingly powerful and honest.
24 August 1999 | by David-240See all my reviews

Just who was responsible for the Holocaust in Germany in the 1940's? This is what this brutally honest film asks as a train full of prisoners is left stranded in a small German village. The townsfolk must decide whether to help them or ignore them. Their individual soul-searching is the meat of the film - and the conclusion is staggeringly powerful.

Well photographed and with haunting music, this film will stay with you long after it finishes. Performances are excellent and the direction strong. My only quibble is that sometimes the little melodramas of the characters (infidelities etc) seem too trivial, in the context of the suffering on the rail carriages, to hold our interest. Nonetheless I applaud the honesty of the German film-makers to take such an uncompromising look at their own history.


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