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Prisoner of Paradise

Prisoner of Paradise (2002)

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Average Rating: 7.1/10
Critic Reviews: 14
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 2

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A chronicle of the true story of Kurt Gerron, a well known and beloved German-Jewish actor, director and cabaret star in Berlin in the 1920's and '30's. Among his greatest accomplishments, he co-starred with the legendary Marlene Dietrich in the film classic, "The Blue Angel." He also sang "Mack The Knife" in the original production of "Threepenny Opera." Ultimately, Gerron was captured and sent to a concentration camp, where he was ordered to both write and direct a pro-Nazi propaganda film.

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A good example of a film that lets one person's life tell higher truths about a major time in human history.

November 5, 2004 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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An engrossing documentary about one of the least known and most unexpected aspects of the Nazi war against the Jews.

April 15, 2004 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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An extraordinary documentary about the German entertainer Kurt Gerron.

April 15, 2004 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
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Ggripping documentary.

December 13, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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Frustratingly superficial.

December 13, 2003
New York Post
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Chilling and provocative.

December 12, 2003 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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One of the more bizarre Holocaust stories comes to light in the impressive, handsomely made Prisoner of Paradise.

December 16, 2004 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

It can be hard to conceptualize mass murder, but using the media to lie is a concept we're all quite familiar with in this day and age

October 28, 2004 Full Review Source: New Times
New Times

Directors Malcolm Clarke and Stuart Sender tell this story dispassionately, letting it evoke pity without asking us to see Gerron as a hero.

October 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Charlotte Observer
Charlotte Observer

Excels is in its interviewees and the range of its historical images and information.

April 16, 2004 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

It's a testament to the power of the documentary that we're still rooting for him, even when Gerron has sold his final few shreds of decency to the devil.

February 6, 2004 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

Unsatisfactory documentary that leaves too many questions unanswered.

January 7, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

The history is frustratingly conveyed and the emphasis is out of whack in this disappointing effort.

December 19, 2003 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

As a tragic example of supreme denial, Gerron, the man, will resonate with artists and laymen alike, as will this troubling documentary.

December 16, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

This is one story that must be seen to be believed.

December 12, 2003 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

"Prisoner of Pleasure" is a different look at the victims of the Holocaust through the story of a talented, popular actor and director...

December 12, 2003 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

Completely captivating.

December 12, 2003 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

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