Germany year zero

Germany year zero

DVD - 2002 | Italian
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Tells the story of a 12 year old boy who works with increasing desperation to support his family in war-torn Germany. He kills his sickly father and then, unable to live with his action, kills himself. Set in ruined Berlin shortly after World War II.
Audience: OFRB rating: Not rated.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : International Media Films, Inc., 2002.
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC Germa
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (71 min.) : sound, black and white ; 12 cm.
Language Note: Italian with English subtitles.


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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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