Germany Year Zero

Germany Year Zero

Downloadable Video - 1948
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Edmund, a young boy who lives in the destructed Germany after the 2nd World War has to do all kinds of work and tricks to help his family in getting food and barely survive. One day he meets a man who used to be one of his teacher in school and hopes to get support from him, but the ideas of this man does not lead Edmund in a clearer or safer way of living...
Publisher: [Italy]: , Films sans frontières (Firm) [distridutor], , [1948]
Copyright Date: ©1948
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (1 hr. 12 min. 37 sec.)) : sound, color


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Feb 01, 2014

This is the third film in Rossellini's "War Trilogy." The first two films take place in Italy, while this is set in post-war Germany. Given what the Italians had gone through at the hands of the Germans, this is a rather extraordinary act of empathy to depict the everyday lives of Germans struggling to survive in their devastated city. The hero is a young boy who lives with his invalid father, his pretty sister and his shiftless veteran brother. Some viewers might find the look and style of the film crude and cheap, but Rossellini was not trying to make an art film, but trying to capture something authentic, which I think he does. Also, see "Ivan's Childhood."

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