Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Prisoner of Paradise (2002)

Academy Awards, USA 2003

Best Documentary, Features
Malcolm Clarke
Stuart Sender

Directed by Malcolm Clarke and Stuart Sender
My rating: 3 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia

The story of how Kurt Gerron, a German star of vaudeville and early cinema, made a propaganda film for the Nazis while interred at a concentration camp. Fleeing the Nazi terror in Berlin, he ended up in Amsterdam, working on the stage at a Jewish theater. He was captured and sent to a concentration camp in Czechoslovakia. Given the choice of being sent to Auschwitz or directing a film, he chose the latter, which was a completely fictional sleight-of-hand depicting life there as nothing short of paradise. Yet another side of the Nazi horror story, informative, and heartbreaking, bolstered by the unique Gerron.

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