Germany Year Zero

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The final film in Rossellini's war film trilogy (the first two being Rome, Open City and Paisà). Germany Year Zero takes place in post-war Germany, unlike the others, which take place in German-occupied Rome and post-war Italy, respectively. The story follows a twelve-year-old boy, Edmund Kohler, who is mainly left to his own devices in order to survive and to help his family do the same.

  1. Roberto Rossellini

    Director, Screenplay

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  1. EM

    Edmund Moeschke


  2. EP

    Ernst Pittschau

    Il Padre

  3. IH

    Ingetraud Hinze


  4. FK

    Franz-Otto Krüger


  5. EG

    Erich Gühne

    Il maestro

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Original Title Germania anno zero

Status Released

Original Language Italian

Runtime 1h 10m

Budget -

Revenue -

Homepage -

Release Information

  • December 1, 1948



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A review by talisencrw

By talisencrw

What an awful position the despicable Nazis left their descendants at the close of the Second World War. Rossellini has the perfect, objective, almost documentarian painterly hand in his depiction of this, and I have the feeling that only someone from one of the losing Axis countries, such as he, could so astutely and profoundly bring across such a feeling of loss and guilt that haunted these 'survivors'. A very sad film to watch, yet at the very same time necessary and healing. Clearly my favourite of his works, next to his magnificent 'The Flowers of St. Francis'.

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