*RESCHEDULED* - Germania anno zero / Germany Year Zero (Roberto Rossellini, 1948) - TRÜMMERFILM
Tue, October 8, 2013 • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM • BUR 108
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS SCREENING HAS BEEN POSTPONED. IT WILL BE RESCHEDULED FOR ANOTHER DATE.
Filmed on location in bombed-out Berlin and starring mainly local, non-professional actors, Italian director Roberto Rossellini’s Germania anno zero conveys the reality in Germany the year after its near total destruction in World War II—so-called Stunde Null (zero hour). The story follows Edmund, a young boy living with his ailing father; a brother, who is a former Nazi soldier hiding to avoid arrest; and a sister, who has turned to prostitution. Scouring the rubble-strewn city for food, money, and cigarettes, he comes upon a former teacher, Herr Henning, who gives Edmund an entry into the black market while drumming into the boy the importance of having the courage to let the weak be destroyed—a classic piece of Nazi propaganda. Under Henning’s influence, the confused young protagonist heads down a tragic path. 78 minutes
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