Germany, Year Zero Reviews

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November 23, 2020
The images of the city are extraordinary. [Full review in Spanish]
August 11, 2014
An unrelenting searchlight and a humane act of commiseration
May 20, 2014
The colossal rubble of Berlin is not just an analogue to the collapse of the social order but an amazing sight, and the movie makes you feel the weight of every smashed faade and fallen stone.
May 20, 2014
Short and very downbeat, this hits the irony buttons rather too much but is still an uncomfortable, powerful film.
May 20, 2014
One of cinema's most frightening films, Germany Year Zero concerns one of the most frightening periods of history.
May 20, 2014
The documentary footage of a decimated Berlin is still enormously powerful, especially when compared to the coverage of that other vanquished, but unscathed, capital in Rome, Open City.
January 21, 2014
[VIDEO ESSAY] In war, Rossellini seems to say, it is the innocent that suffer most.
July 30, 2010
While mainstream reportage operates all kinds of cliched evasions, Rossellini's cinematic experimentation enables us as spectators to develop our capacity for compassion. And we need this at the present time, perhaps more than ever.
February 5, 2010
Even if you don't entirely buy into the final moments (which I didn't), they do little to lessen the power and profundity of the film's overall message about what a world at war does to those caught in the crossfire
January 17, 2010
Though war has ended, ideology endures. Carpet bombing cant bury a generation of poisonous lies.
March 26, 2009
Pic isn't acted but 'lived.' Pro and non-pro cast play it with uniform sincerity. Edmund Meschke is the most impressive of the lot, delivering a poignant, believable portrayal as the young disgraced hero.
June 24, 2006
A horror movie that declines to tease.
February 21, 2006
A horror movie in the manner of a neo-realist film, where fantasy mixes with reality.
June 14, 2005
February 23, 2004
August 7, 2003
Quickly makes you forget its soapbox agenda and delves into a deeply felt story so powerful it hurts.
July 25, 2003
Fantstico drama sobre a situao do ps-guerra, cria um personagem verossmil e sua tragdia ilustra com dor o que era viver na Alemanha naquela poca.
July 22, 2003
There's rarely a shot that doesn't portray the utter hopelesness of Edmund's situation, and it makes his eventual fate feel almost inevitable, if no less wrenching as a result.
November 22, 2002
Even as Germany Year Zero promotes a definite agenda, it remains admirable, because it incorporates politics without sacrificing its technical and storytelling virtues.
January 1, 2000
A grim movie perhaps... but a great one: Rossellini provides a fitting end to both the trilogy and his 'pure' neo-realist period.
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