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Der letzte Zug (2006)

A group of people are imprisoned in a rail car bound from Berlin to a concentration camp in 1945.

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Artur Brauner (story) (as Art Bernd), Stephen Glantz (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gedeon Burkhard ... Henry Neumann
Lale Yavas Lale Yavas ... Lea Neumann
Lena Beyerling Lena Beyerling ... Nina Neumann
Sibel Kekilli ... Ruth Zilbermann
Roman Roth Roman Roth ... Albert Rosen
Brigitte Grothum ... Gabrielle Hellmann
Hans-Jürgen Silbermann Hans-Jürgen Silbermann ... Jakob Noschik
Sharon Brauner Sharon Brauner ... Erika Friedlich
Juraj Kukura ... Dr. Friedlich
Ludwig Blochberger ... Crewes
Vojtech Kotek ... Izzy Perles (as Vojta Kotek)
Csongor Kassai ... Avram Perles
Magdalena Sidonová Magdalena Sidonová ... Sylvia Perles
Nina Divísková ... Rosa Wasserstein
Stanislav Zindulka ... Samuel Wasserstein
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The year is 1943 and the "last of the Jews" are being "evacuated" from Berlin. They are locked in cattle cars with no food and little water. During the trip several of the characters are drawn out and vignettes of their lives are highlighted to restore some humanity to their animal existence aboard the train. The suffering and agony is palpable. Some parts can be watched in double speed as they are just just filler. If you exclude the final theatrical device thrown in at the end, the movie is worth watching for it's historical relevance. Written by Bill F

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Country:

Germany | Czech Republic

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German | Hebrew | Polish | French | Ukrainian

Release Date:

9 November 2006 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

The Last Train to Auschwitz See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

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Budget:

€3,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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During filming, director Joseph Vilsmaier fell out of a crane three meters up while shooting. He was hospitalized, but he recovered and resumed filming, with mild permanent injuries. See more »

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When Nina recites Shema Yisrael, she uses Sephardi pronunciation. That pronunciation was not used in Europe until sometime after Israel became a state (in 1948). See more »

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Its Relative Anonymity Does it Justice
6 November 2016 | by sascharasinSee all my reviews

This is by far the best Holocaust related movie of them all. That it is basically unheard of in the English speaking world is both an absolute travesty, and in some ways - very befitting the content of the movie.

The acting is - without exception - well above par. The cinematography superbly Oscar worthy and the direction flawless.

But this is a HARD movie to watch - make no mistake about it. It is utterly devastating; I had to turn it off twice and compose myself before watching it again. That makes this, at least in my books, one of the bravest takes on this horrific period in history.

My only singular criticism would be that the movie is not quite claustrophobic enough - the reality of the transportation trains by all accounts is that there was not even enough room to sit down - they had the carriages loaded so fully. But this is the last train to Auschwitz and populated with less than 700 Jews - so that may explain it. The transition from oppressed ghetto Jew to death camp deportee is very real and you are led through the journey in utter terror. You hope against hope for a happy ending - but as we all know - the journey to the death camp was just the beginning of the end for almost all the Jews who were sent to Auschwitz. It's a must watch film - even if for no other reason that to keep alive that awful stain on mankind lest it ever happens again - if you do nothing else in your life ever, watch this movie. I do not want to do any spoilers - but I would STRONGLY caution parents of very young children who might watch this movie. No pain is spared and there are some harrowing scenes, some truly truly harrowing scenes.

I gave this the full ten for many reasons - but mostly because it is the best movie I have seen since "Let the Right One In" about 20 years ago.


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