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Jakob, der Lügner (Jacob the Liar) (1975)

Jakob, der Lügner (Jacob the Liar) (1975)

Jakob, der Lügner (Jacob the Liar)




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The screenplay for this wartime tragi-comedy was written by Jurek Becker, a Jewish survivor of the concentration camps and the Warsaw Ghetto. When he could not get the script produced, he transformed it into a worldwide best-selling novel. This movie was produced about ten years after the screenplay was originally written. The story concerns a ghetto character, Jacob (Vlastimil Brodsky) who tells the others huddled there that the Russians are winning the war against the Germans and are advancing on Warsaw. How does he know? He says he has a radio hidden away, which, if true, could earn him immediate execution. In fact, there is no such radio, and his prediction (for such it is) is years ahead of events. When the Germans begin executing residents and shipping the rest to concentration camps, his lie is shown for what it is. Indeed, his best friend commits suicide as soon as he learns the truth. However, for a little while, Jacob the Liar kept hope alive in a hopeless situation.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Jurek Becker, Frank Beyer
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 28, 1999


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Critic Reviews for Jakob, der Lügner (Jacob the Liar)

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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
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This East Germany bitter-sweet comedy about a Polish ghetto in WWII was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Oscar but didn't win.

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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

February 24, 2004
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

November 11, 2003
Cinema Signals

Audience Reviews for Jakob, der Lügner (Jacob the Liar)

Not sure I'd call it a "drama/comedy." I imagine this must have at least partially inspired "Life is Beautiful," which I actually LOVE (and that, yes, can see the commedic element in). It was a sad but important piece. I am not one of those who think we have enough Holocaust movies, and I'm always up for more.

Mariana Arevalo

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