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Berlin 36 (2011)




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Based on the true story of Gretel Bergmann who unwittingly became the biggest threat to the Nazi Party in 1936. Berlin was hosting the summer Olympic Games and Gretel was one of Germany's best gold medal contenders. She was also Jewish. Her skill and ethnicity undermined the Nazi belief that Aryans were the superior race, so the German authorities schemed to replace Gretel with another woman -- but "she" had a secret that, if uncovered, could be even more embarrassing to the Nazis. -- (C) Corinthmore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Eric Friedler, Lothar Kurzawa
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 4, 2012
Corinth Films - Official Site


Karoline Herfurth
as Gretel Bergmann
August Zirner
as Edwin Bergmann
Axel Prahl
as Hans Waldmann
Maria Happel
as Paula Bergmann
Franz Dinda
as Rudolph Bergmann
Leon Seidel
as Walter Bergmann
Thomas Thieme
as Hans von Tschammer u...
Johann von Bülow
as Karl Ritter von Halt
Julie Engelbrecht
as Elisabeth "Lilly" Vo...
Klara Manzel
as Thea Walden
Robert Gallinowski
as Sigfrid Kulmbach
Elena Uhlig
as Frau Vogel
Otto Tausig
as Leo Löwenstein
John Keogh
as Avery Brundage
Angelika Bartsch
as Ärztin im Gesundheit...
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Critic Reviews for Berlin 36

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

Whatever the facts of the case, "Berlin 36" doesn't clear the bar for dramatic impact.

Full Review… | September 22, 2011
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Tasteful to a fault, "Berlin 36" turns real-life controversy into disappointingly tepid drama.

Full Review… | September 15, 2011
New York Times
Top Critic

The lack of new insights on the subject of National Socialism's wickedness ultimately reduces a well-staged film to a historical footnote.

Full Review… | September 13, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

Not all true stories are created equal, as Berlin '36, which unfolds with such a singular lack of dramatic heft as to almost defy logic, amply demonstrates.

Full Review… | October 3, 2011

Kaspar Heidelbach's Berlin 36 may hold the dubious distinction of being the most tasteful movie to deal with Nazi Germany yet.

Full Review… | September 11, 2011
Slant Magazine

Strong performances keep the film involving despite its pedestrian, workmanlike production.

Full Review… | August 27, 2011

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