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Germany, Year Zero
Germany, Year Zero

Germany, Year Zero 1948


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Germany, Year Zero 1948 PG

73 mins Italy Director. Roberto Rossellini

Amid the war-torn ruins of Berlin in period immediately after the Second World War a twelve-year-old boy, Edmund, struggles to support his family – his ailing father and un-registered brother unable to provide for them. Left to his own devices, Edmund wanders around the devastated city, getting caught up in black market schemes and falling prey to the pernicious influence of a Nazi-sympathising former teacher with tragic consequences.

The concluding part of Roberto Rossellini’s celebrated War Trilogy, this heart-rending portrait of a decimated of post-war European city is a damning indictment of war and fascism and remains one of the most affecting films in the history of cinema.

Directed by

Roberto Rossellini


Ingetraud Hinze

Ernst Pittschau

Edmund Meschke




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