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Prisoner of Paradise (2002)

Documentary about Holocaust victim Kurt Gerron.


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




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 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


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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Edited from Ein toller Einfall (1932) See more »

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Moving Holocaust Documentary
27 April 2018 | by John-Kane25See all my reviews

It blends current film with historic footage seamlessly. We are shown actual film from Kurt Gerron's movies. Gerron became a famous German actor but didn't have the looks for a lead man, so he became a director. One of the best of his time.

Then the Nazi's came to power and started to round up the Jews. Gerron moved from one country to another that was still out of reach of the Nazi's. Eventually as the German's overran Europe, Gerron ran out of time to flee to America. He was sent to the Terezin Concentration Camp. This camp had some of the most talented people in Europe. They were forced to perform for Nazi elites. Many were singers, dancers, actors, etc........

The documentary is tragic of course, but since the most horrific acts are told about and not shown, it isn't as heart wrenching a film to view as say, 'Escape From Sobibor'.

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