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Gebürtig (2002)

Not Rated | | Drama, Music, Romance | 5 April 2002 (Austria)
A holocaust survivor now living as a respected writer in Manhattan is the only person who can identify a suspected Nazi back in his native Austria. When a beautiful reporter eager for a ... See full summary »
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Peter Simonischek ... Hermann Gebirtig
Ruth Rieser ... Susanne Ressel
August Zirner ... Danny Demant
Katja Weitzenböck Katja Weitzenböck ... Crissie Kalteisen
Daniel Olbrychski ... Konrad Sachs
Hans-Michael Rehberg ... Konrad Sachs (voice)
Branko Samarovski Branko Samarovski ... Willi Klang
Samuel Finzi ... Emanuel Katz
Otto Tausig ... Alter Mann beim Casting
Marketa Modra Marketa Modra ... Produktionsassistentin
Lightning Bear Lightning Bear ... Kameramann Casting
Wolfgang S. Zechmayer ... Second-Unit Regisseur
Ibi Firestone Ibi Firestone ... Joana
John Petschinger John Petschinger ... Konrad, 7 Jahre
Corinna Harfouch ... Else Sachs
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A holocaust survivor now living as a respected writer in Manhattan is the only person who can identify a suspected Nazi back in his native Austria. When a beautiful reporter eager for a scoop tries to lure him back, Geburtig must decide whether to confront his past. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Music | Romance | War

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Not Rated
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Austria | Germany | Poland

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German | English | Yiddish

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5 April 2002 (Austria) See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color
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Great Daniel Olbrychski
27 December 2003 | by Mort-31See all my reviews

Robert Schindel's novel "Gebürtig" includes a highly complex mix of characters all dealing with their past. It is told from different points of view, in different literary styles. It is very difficult to transfer this heterogenous web to the screen. The author and his friend Lukas Stepanik have tried, and as expected, they succeeded in some respects and failed in others.

On the whole, the film turned out rather confused. Some messages are made very clear, others remain MESSages. The acting is good, even excellent in some cases, and the Polish actor Daniel Olbrychski manages to give a perfect, absolutely transparent and convincing portray of the story's most interesting character, the German journalist Konrad Sachs.

This film adaptation is not perfect but okay. Read the book first.


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