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Germany Year Zero

Spine #499

Jul 11, 2017

Number of Discs: 1

  • 1.33:1 Standard
  • Italian PCM Mono
  • English subtitles

Germany Year Zero

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Directed By: Roberto Rossellini
Licensor: Cinecitta

The concluding chapter of Roberto Rossellini’s War Trilogy is the most devastating, a portrait of an obliterated Berlin, seen through the eyes of a twelve-year-old boy. Living in a bombed-out apartment building with his sick father and two older siblings, young Edmund is mostly left to wander unsupervised, getting ensnared in the black-market schemes of a group of teenagers and coming under the nefarious influence of a Nazi-sympathizing ex-teacher. Germany Year Zero (Deutschland im Jahre Null) is a daring, gut-wrenching look at the consequences of fascism, for society and the individual.

  • Video introduction by Roberto Rossellini from 1963
  • The Italian release opening credits and voice-over prologue
  • Roberto Rossellini, a 2001 documentary by Carlos Lizzani, assistant director on Germany Year Zero, tracing Rossellini’s career through archival footage and interviews with family members and collaborators, with tributes by filmmakers François Truffaut and Martin Scorsese
  • Letters from the Front: Carlos Lizzani on “Germany Year Zero,” a podium discussion with Lizzani from the 1987 Tutto Rossellini conference
  • New video interview with Rossellini scholar Adriano Aprà
  • Italian directors Paolo Taviani and Vittorio Taviani (Padre padrone) discussing the profound influence Rossellini’s films have had on them
  • Roberto and Roswitha, a new illustrated essay by film scholar Thomas Meder on Rossellini’s relationship with his mistress Roswitha Schmidt
  • A booklet featuring essays by James Quandt, Irene Bignardi, Colin MacCab


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