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Ghetto (2005)

Vilniaus getas (original title)
In 1942, in Vilnius, the Nazi annihilate 55,000 Jews and squeeze the 15,000 survivors in a seven blocks ghetto. The twenty-two year old sadistic commander Kittel is assigned to administrate... See full summary »


Audrius Juzenas


Joshua Sobol (play), Joshua Sobol (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Heino Ferch ... Gens
Sebastian Hülk ... Kittel
Erika Marozsán ... Haya
Andrius Zebrauskas Andrius Zebrauskas ... Srulik
Vytautas Sapranauskas Vytautas Sapranauskas ... Weiskopf
Margarita Ziemelyte Margarita Ziemelyte ... Lina
Alvydas Slepikas Alvydas Slepikas ... Kruk
Jörg Lamprecht Jörg Lamprecht ... Dessler (as Jörk Lamprecht)
Adrija Cepaite-Palsauskiene Adrija Cepaite-Palsauskiene ... Uma (as Adrija Cepaite)
Darius Meskauskas Darius Meskauskas ... Arntgen
Jurgis Domasevicius Jurgis Domasevicius ... Timan (as Jurgis Damasevicius)
Eimutis Kvosciauskas Eimutis Kvosciauskas ... Tana
Kristina Mauruseviciute Kristina Mauruseviciute ... Judith
Sigitas Rackys ... Kalman
Vilma Raubaite Vilma Raubaite ... Liuba (as Vilma Raubaité)


In 1942, in Vilnius, the Nazi annihilate 55,000 Jews and squeeze the 15,000 survivors in a seven blocks ghetto. The twenty-two year old sadistic commander Kittel is assigned to administrate the ghetto in the capital of Lithuania, becoming the master of life or death. When he finds the gorgeous Hayyah sneaking with one kilo of beans stolen from the German army, he sentences her to death; but when he is informed that she was a former successful singer, he decides to activate the old theater and promote shows in the ghetto. The Jewish Chief of Police, Gens, uses the theater and a sewing factory to save as much lives as he can; in his ambiguous position, he kills Jews to save lives of others. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Germany | Lithuania


English | German

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8 June 2006 (Germany) See more »

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Did You Know?


The New York production of "Ghetto" by Joshua Sobol opened at the Circle in the Square Theater in New York on April 30, 1989 and ran for 33 performances. See more »


Bruno Kittel is wearing a Wehrmacht (army) uniform, while in fact he worked for the Gestapo. See more »


Unter Daine Vaysse Shtern
Lyrics by A. Sutzkever
Music by A. Brodno
Performed by Judita Leitaite and St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra
Conductor Donatas Katkus
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Dark comedy-musical about the holocaust,,,
31 January 2008 | by lsatimSee all my reviews

A different and unusual take on the holocaust. "Ghetto" is almost a dark comedy-musical, if you had to put it into a category ( if such a category exists...) I don't think it's fair to compare it to "The Pianist" or "Schindler's List", because this film really does it's own thing. Not everyone's cup of tea, but then I wouldn't really consider this a mainstream film. There were elements which really brought Yiddish theater to mind, in a clumsily beautiful and poignant way. I was appropriately entertained, moved and depressed, so I enjoyed this movie very much, but again, not everyone would want a movie to elicit that combination of emotions. There were some very beautiful scenes, in terms of cinematography, and despite some distracting, less than natural lip-synching, I found the music really beautiful. This film is worth watching, as long as you do so with an open mind and an appreciation for originality.

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