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Prisoner of Paradise (2002)

Documentary about Holocaust victim Kurt Gerron.

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Malcolm Clarke
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ian Holm ... Narrator (voice)
Robert Lantz Robert Lantz ... Himself (as Robby Lantz)
Eleonore Hertzberg Eleonore Hertzberg ... Herself
Lone Koppel Lone Koppel ... Herself (as Lone Koppel de Moos)
Renée Saint-Cyr ... Herself
Kees Brusse ... Himself
Silvia Grohs Martin Silvia Grohs Martin ... Herself
Susanne Thaler Susanne Thaler ... Herself
Hans Margules Hans Margules ... Himself
Margit Silberfeld Margit Silberfeld ... Herself
Jan Fischer Jan Fischer ... Himself
Tommy Mandl Tommy Mandl ... Himself
Paul Sandfort Paul Sandfort ... Himself
Coco Schumann Coco Schumann ... Himself
Ela Weissberger Ela Weissberger ... Herself
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This documentary chronicles the life of Kurt Gerron, a German Jew who rose to prominence as an actor and director in prewar Germany and was eventually coerced by the Nazis into making a film portraying the concentration camp called Terezin (or Theresienstadt) seem like an ideal community of relocated Jews. A well-crafted documentary adeptly narrated by actor Ian Holm, "Prisoner of Paradise" is a fresh reminder that we should never forget what happened. Written by Anonymous

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23 April 2011 (Japan) See more »

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compelling, thought provoking, like no other film about the holocaust
8 March 2003 | by jsendSee all my reviews

I loved this film for it's brave portrait of a character who made a morally ambiguous choice. The filmmakers allowed the story to unfold and give the audience credit for being able to come to their won conclusions about what they think of what Kurt Gerron did. It is the first time I have seen a film set against the holocaust that went beyond the horror stories we are already familiar with and examines a victim of nazi atrocities who in a strange way became a part of the propaganda machine. I think everyone should see this beautifully made film!


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