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David (Mario Fischel), the son of a local rabbi (Walter Taub), sees the rise in anti-Semitism in 1930s Germany, but it isn't until his father's synagogue is burned down and his mother (... See full summary »

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Peter Lilienthal

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Jurek Becker, Joel König (novel) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mario Fischel Mario Fischel ... David Singer
Walter Taub Walter Taub ... Rabbi Singer
Irena Vrkljan Irena Vrkljan ... Frau Singer - David's Mother
Eva Mattes ... Toni
Dominique Horwitz ... Leo Singer
Torsten Henties Torsten Henties ... David as child
Gustav Rudolf Sellner Gustav Rudolf Sellner ... Dr. Grell (as Rudolph Sellner)
Erik Jelde Erik Jelde ... (as Eric Jelde)
Franciszek Pieczka
Nikolaus Dutsch Nikolaus Dutsch ... Kohn
Sabine Andreas Sabine Andreas ... Rifka
Buddy Elias
Golda Tencer
Vladimir Weigl Vladimir Weigl ... (as Vladimir Weigel)
Hanns Zischler ... (as Johann Zischler)
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David (Mario Fischel), the son of a local rabbi (Walter Taub), sees the rise in anti-Semitism in 1930s Germany, but it isn't until his father's synagogue is burned down and his mother (Irene Vrkijan) is harassed and intimidated that he realizes just how dangerous Germany has become. For a while, he and his family manage to survive underground in Berlin. But a close encounter with a Nazi officer convinces him to break ties with everyone he loves and head out on his own.

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Drama | War

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Country:

West Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

9 March 1979 (West Germany) See more »

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Давид See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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LOOSELY CONSTRUCTED DRAMA
24 March 1999 | by J. SteedSee all my reviews

Often at random told, unbalanced and as a result not easy to follow sensitive drama; Lilienthal aims for atmosphere rather than story telling. Because of the loose structure this aiming for atmosphere is limited to individual scenes rather than the film as a whole; but he does it well. In this he is supported by sharp cinematography and good cast.


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