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Europa Europa [1990] [DVD]

4.6 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Marco Hofschneider, Julie Delpy, Klaus Abramowsky, Michele Gleizer, Rene Hofschneider
  • Directors: Agnieszka Holland
  • Format: PAL, Colour, HiFi Sound
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.37:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Arrow Films
  • DVD Release Date: 21 July 2008
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001AOHPMG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,089 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Award-winning film which tells the true story of Salomon Perel, a German Jew who pretended to be Aryan during World War II. So convincing is the teenager's masquerade that he becomes accepted and highly valued as a member of the Nazi Youth. However, he also lives in daily fear of discovery, especially when his relationship with the beautiful anti-semite Leni (Julie Delpy) begins to take off.

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This is an extraordinarily funny film which, while it doesn't quite reach the heights of Hasek's "Good Soldier Svejk", views war from the perspective of the little man, the naïve participant caught up and swept along by the currents of history and blind obedience of those around him. While the humour does achieve moments of high farce, it is usually kept as an undercurrent, as an ironic theme, as a vital celebration of the human spirit.
In the face of horror, holocaust, and the fifty million lives swept away in the European war of 1939-1945, laughter is not only still possible, humour is not only still possible, it is obligatory, for to have killed the ability to laugh and smile would have been to have destroyed the human spirit and allowed darkness to triumph. "Europa Europa" looks at war with an almost childlike vision, but a childlike vision refracted by years of adult distance and the ability to perceive the ridiculous, the risible, the raucous even in the midst of nightmare.
Based on a true story, apparently, "Europa Europa" follows the travails of teenage Solomon Perel as he flees a pogrom in his native Germany, returns to the family's Polish roots, only to witness the 1939 invasion. He flees to the Russian side of the dismembered country, but, when the Germans turn their attention to the destruction of Stalin, Solly finds himself captured and pressed into service as an interpreter.
He quickly becomes a front-line mascot and is shipped off back to Germany, to attend an exclusive school for the Hitler Youth and children of the Party faithful. Throughout the entire film he struggles to hide or deny his Jewish roots ... and, more particularly, to conceal the fact that he has been circumcised.
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This must be the most truly awesome film I have seen. First of all, I couldn't believe it could be true until I saw Solomon Perel's name on the credits as himself as there just seemed to be too many coincidences to be believable. But then again, life is full of coincidences (my own included), so on we go.
The period detail and location filming is fantastic. Having lived in Lodz for a while, I could recognise the very streets and tram stops where it was filmed - something especially poignant as I lived on the site of the old ghetto, thus any film of the Lodz ghetto instantly brings back my own memories of that beautiful but neglected city (worth a visit). Secondly, the idea of having each character speaking in the language in which they would have spoken in real life was a master-stroke - too many films portray stereotypes of foreigners with silly accents (depending on which country is making the film for the exact stereotypes used), thus heightening my interest in the film tenfold (as someone who speaks Polish and Russian, although not German) when one was able to rest one's eyes from reading the subtitles rather than watching the action.
The characters are treated sensitively, with even the Germans inspiring sympathy, particularly Leni and her mother having to cope with the pressures of society and the need for compassion. War - and even politics in our society - does terrible things to people's values, forcing compromises that are often painful to make. Solek's survival depends on compromising his own values, and hinges ultimately on sheer luck, coincidence - or divine intervention? Not even Gerd or the Nazi schoolmaster can be wholly evil, and Hitler himself is portrayed as hiding his own compromises in Solek's dreams.
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this is simply one of the all time best films I've ever seen. Whilst not being able to add much that has been said by other people here, this film shows you the strength of the human spirit over the absurd and often cruel forces of history. Even if it were not a true story, it would be an extremely good film but being aware all along that it is a true story, makes the pathos and the humour all the more personal. The cruelties of history - and especially of this period of history -so often just shows the horror of the effects on peoples - it is so rare to see a story where the human spirit has been maintained in the very worst grip of cruelty. I can have nothing but praise for this film -with the acting of the main charter by Marco Hofschneider - being superb - but also the story of one individual who was able to maintain their spirit (and sanity!) whilst being thrown into sureal situations by fate into the very heart of the very worst forms of evil - and surviving!
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This is a truly great piece of cinema - I have many foreign films and this is one of the best - very good story and very well done - would watch again and again - What this poor 16 year old had to endure - and what a story that came out of it - takes you straight to Europe of the 1940's and the suffering and predudices prevalent at the time - Recommend it highly! Don't miss.
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A cracking true story ww2 dvd i have loads a nice one to add to my collection it looks like it has been transfered streight from video to dvd but thats ok its still a great film i would recomend as the story seems far fethed but is its true very quick delivery thanks amazon.
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