Escape to Life: The Erika and Klaus Mann Story (2002)

Escape to Life: The Erika and Klaus Mann Story

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Erika Mann and her brother Klaus Mann were the oldest children of renowned German author Thomas Mann; while the siblings strove to earn the love and approval of their father, the elder Mann was a cold and distant person, and Erika and Klaus came to depend upon each other for the emotional support they did not receive from their parents -- so much so that they often referred to themselves as twins, even though they were actually born a year apart. As they grew to adulthood, Klaus went on to a … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
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All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

Weiss and Speck never make a convincing case for the relevance of these two 20th-century footnotes.

Full Review… | March 28, 2002
Village Voice
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Why make a documentary about these marginal historical figures? Wouldn't one about their famous dad, author of Death in Venice, etc., be more valuable?

March 28, 2002
New York Post
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The re- enactments, however fascinating they may be as history, are too crude to serve the work especially well.

Full Review… | March 28, 2002
New York Times
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Weiss and Speck capture the rich, turbulent tapestry of the Manns' lives.

Full Review… | March 29, 2002
Film Journal International

An interesting, if not entirely successful, biography of two extraordinary personalities.

Full Review… | March 28, 2002
TV Guide's Movie Guide

It's a bad sign when you're rooting for the film to hurry up and get to its subjects' deaths just so the documentary will be over, but it's indicative of how uncompelling the movie is unless it happens to cover your particular area of interest.

March 28, 2002
New Times

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