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Germany Year Zero (Deutschland im Jahre Null)

Germany Year Zero
Scene from "Germany Year Zero" (photo courtesy of Filmmuseum Berlin/Deutsche Kinemathek)

Edmund, a desperate young boy, scrambles for survival in the dilapidated remains of post-WWII Berlin, trying to support his family and his sick father by thieving and scavenging in the streets. One day he meets up with a former school teacher, who lectures him on Nazi ideology and Social Darwinism, telling him that only the strong will survive. As a result, Edmund poisons and kills his own father. Then trying to deal with the painful realization of what he has done, his only escape is to end his own life.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 1948
Director Roberto Rossellini
Screenplay Roberto Rossellini, Carlo Lizzani
Cinematography Robert Julliard
Eraldo Da Roma
Piero Filippone
Cast Hans Sangen, Alexandra Manys, Jo Herbst, Erich Guehne, Franz Krueger, Ingetraud Hinze, Ernst Pittschau, Edmund Meschke
Producer Roberto Rossellini
Production Company Tevere Film/Rome, in co-production with UGC/Paris, Sadfi/Berlin, Salvo D'Angelo Produzione/Rome
Runtime 78 min
Format 35 mm, b&w
German Distributor Deutsche Kinemathek - Museum für Film und Fernsehen/Berlin