Germany Year Zero (Germania Anno Zero)
Director: Roberto Rossellini
Screenplay: Roberto Rossellini, Carlo Lizzani, Max Colpet, Sergio Amidei
Cinematographer: Robert Jullard
Music: Renzo Rossellini
Producer: Salvo D'Angelo, Roberto Rossellini
Cast: Edmund Meschke, Ernst Pittschau, Ingetraud Hinze, Franz Martin Gruger, Erich Guhne
1948 / Italy / B&W / 74min / 35mm
In German and English with English subtitles
Grand Prize and Best Screenplay, Locarno Film Festival 1948
The final part of Rossellini’s “War Trilogy” is set in Berlin, a description of the tragic postwar Germany through the eyes of a 13-year-old boy. With studio shots at Rome, and location shots at Berlin, the war torn and destructed city was amongst the most shocking images in cinema history. A story about the insanity and desperation of post-war Berlin; the more than 10-minute end sequence in which the protagonist walks through the streets of Berlin before committing suicide, inspired many New Wave films with a similar sequence.
||Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive
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