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Germany Year Zero

Roberto Rossellini

 
  • Germany, Italy
  • 1948
  • 73 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • German
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  • Spine #499

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 is a daring, gut-wrenching look at the consequences of fascism, for society and the individual.

Cast

Edmund KoehlerEdmund Meschke
His fatherErnst Pittschau
EvaIngetraud Hinze
Karl-HeinzFranz Krüger
Henning, the teacherErich Gühne

Credits

DirectorRoberto Rossellini
Produced byRoberto Rossellini
Story and screenplay byRoberto Rossellini
with the collaboration ofMax Colpet and Carlo Lizzani
Photographed byRobert Juillard
SetsPiero Filippone
EditorsAnne-Marie Findeisen and Eraldo Da Roma
Music byRenzo Rossellini
Sound byKurt Doubrawsky
Assistant directorsMax Colpet and Carlo Lizzani

Disc Features

  • New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Introduction by director Roberto Rossellini from 1963
  • Italian-release opening credits and voice-over prologue
  • Roberto Rossellini, a 2001 documentary by Carlo 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
  • Letters from the Front: Carlo Lizzani on “Germany Year Zero,” a discussion with Lizzani from the 1987 Tutto Rossellini conference
  • Interview from 2009 with Rossellini scholar Adriano Aprà
  • Interview from 2009 with Italian directors Paolo and Vittorio Taviani (Padre padrone) in which they discuss the profound influence Rossellini’s films have had on them
  • Roberto and Roswitha, a 2009 illustrated essay by film scholar Thomas Meder on Rossellini’s relationship with his mistress Roswitha Schmidt

Film Essays

Germany Year Zero: The Humanity of the Defeated

By Jonathan Rosenbaum January 26, 2010

Unlike the more aesthetically and intellectually conceived French New Wave, Italian neorealism was above all an ethical initiative—a way of saying that people were important, occasioned by a war . . . Read more »

Video

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What Roberto Rossellini Taught the Taviani Brothers

July 12, 2017

In this interview from our box-set edition of Roberto Rossellini’s War Trilogy, Paolo and Vittorio Taviani recount their experience discovering these masterful depictions of World War II. Read more »


Clippings

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From the Rossellini Archives

May 08, 2017

With his mix of documentary-like immediacy and profound moral inquiry, Roberto Rossellini became a pioneer of Italian neorealism, a movement that transformed the way filmmakers captured the . . . Read more »


The Art of War

October 19, 2011

For designer Jason Hardy, the box set Roberto Rossellini’s War Trilogy was a daunting assignment. As he tells us in an engrossing and in-depth blog post, creating the covers for these three . . . Read more »


Press Notes

Press Notes: 2010—One Last Look

January 03, 2011

Before we put 2010 to bed, we thought we’d catch up with all the year-end lists that have sprung up over the past week or so. A good place to start is DVD Beaver’s annual poll, which ranks the . . . Read more »


Clippings

The Trilogy According to John Bailey

June 07, 2010

We’ve drawn your attention before to award-winning DP John Bailey’s informative, entertaining blog on the American Society of Cinematographers website, in particularhis in-depth introduction to . . . Read more »


Press Notes

Press Notes: Roberto Rossellini’s War Trilogy

February 01, 2010

The critics agree that Criterion’s release of Roberto Rossellini’s War Trilogy, featuring major restorations of the unassailable landmarks of Italian cinema Rome Open City, Paisan, and Germany . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Germany Year Zero: The Humanity of the Defeated

By Jonathan Rosenbaum January 26, 2010

Unlike the more aesthetically and intellectually conceived French New Wave, Italian neorealism was above all an ethical initiative—a way of saying that people were important, occasioned by a war . . . Read more »

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