Fourteen-year-old György's life is torn apart in World War II Hungary, as he is sent to a concentration camp, where he is forced to become a man, and learns to find happiness in the midst of hatred, and what it really means to be Jewish.
During WWII, the death camp at Treblinka had an escape, causing the Commandant at a similar camp in Sobibor to vow that his camp would never experience the same thing. But those who were ... See full summary »
As WWII comes to an end, a group of Buchenwald's emaciated prisoners risk their lives for the safety of the camp's youngest inmate: a four-year-old Auschwitz-born Jewish prisoner. Is there a future for the Buchenwald boy?
Using radically refashioned archival footage of the Warsaw ghetto, this interview with Jon Avnet the director of Uprising talks about Marek Edelman who is an evocative memoir of his role in the rebellion that held back the Nazis for almost a month in 1943. The film begins with the growing list of prohibitions and regulations leading to the virtual imprisonment of about half-a-million Polish Jews in an old slum district of Warsaw with inadequate space and plumbing. An overhead tracking shot shows the number of people assembled in the first months of the relocation. The daily struggle against hunger and disease, especially among the dispossessed arrivals seen in their pitful rags, is aggravated by the German demands for "deportations to the east" that many begin to suspect are camouflaged mass murders. By the close of 1942, people living in the ghetto realize they are doomed, and the rudiments of resistance are planned by a handful of the young, including Edelman. Following some ...Written by
Hank Azaria's ex-wife (and fellow actor on Mad About You (1992)) is Helen Hunt, who looks almost exactly like his co-star in this film, Leelee Sobieski. In fact, they are often thought to be sisters. See more »
Many of the German rifles are Spanish 1916 7x57 Mausers, and not the typical Axis or captured rifles (e.g., VZ 24, WZ 29, etc.) used by German police or rear-echelon troops. See more »
Major-General Jurgen Stroop:
In a short while, the Jewish sector of Warsaw will be no more. Every building will be razed. Then we will bring this vermin to the surface or bury them.
A short while? This little group of bandits has held off the German military longer than the entire country of Poland!
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R1 DVD runs 177'15" (NTSC), but European releases only 152'28" (PAL) (a difference of almost 18'26" allowing for the different frame rates). See more »
Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor 'Quasi una fantasia', Op. 27, No. 2, aka 'Moonlight Sonata'
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by Sympho Inc. Studio Orchestra (Bratislava, Slovenia) See more »
I saw this film in Australia with a relative who survived the Ghetto uprising. He said that, in spite of some inconsistencies, it was as accurate as film could portray it. While it is true that there was more than one resistance faction, and sometimes they were at odds, the essence of the event is portrayed well. The Polish Resistance's attitude was mixed, but my relative, who was a courier in and out of the Ghetto said that many individual Poles risked their lives to hide him. The woman who escaped with the baby at the end of the film is also related to me. Her husband, who was killed in the first days of the uprising, was a major planner and organizer. Of course, it affected me greatly since my mother originally came from Warsaw and I lost many relatives.
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