Perlasca: The Courage of a Just Man (Perlasca. Un eroe italiano) (2005) - Rotten Tomatoes

Perlasca: The Courage of a Just Man (Perlasca. Un eroe italiano) (2005)

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Giorgio Perlasca was an Italian cattle dealer who was sympathetic to the fascist cause until September 8, 1943. Perlasca was in Budapest, Hungary, on a business trip when he had the opportunity to see first hand how Hungarian Jews were being treated by German occupying forces. Shocked by the cruelty and violence he saw, Perlasca had a sudden change of heart, and hatched a plan to help the Jews escape to freedom by impersonating a Spanish consul. As a result of Perlasca's brave actions, the lives of five thousand people were spared that day. Perlasca is a historical drama originally produced for Italian television which reenacts Perlasca's remarkable true story; Luca Zingaretti leads the cast as the daring Italian businessman.

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Cast

Luca Zingaretti
as Giorgio Perlasca
Jérôme Anger
as Farkas ügyvéd
Dezso Garas
as the Rabbi
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Critic Reviews for Perlasca: The Courage of a Just Man (Perlasca. Un eroe italiano)

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Perlasca epitomizes the kind of soft-core Holocaust porn that people point to as evidence of how survivor memory can be vulgarized and diminished through dramatization.

April 15, 2005 | Rating: 1.5/4
Newsday
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Zingaretti does a fine job shading a character that is written as an unalloyed saint. But the most touching moments come at the end, when we see documentary footage of his true-life inspiration.

April 15, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
New York Daily News
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A well-made and heart-rending Italian Schindler's List.

April 15, 2005 | Rating: 3/4
New York Post
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Confusing lack of historical set-up considerably dims the potential luster of a great true story.

April 14, 2005 | Full Review…
Variety
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Giorgio Perlasca, who has been compared to Oskar Schindler, deserves better than this Italian television film.

April 14, 2005 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
New York Times
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More courageous than Spielberg in its depiction of Nazi brutality, Perlasca occasionally feels like the made-for-Italian-TV film that it is.

April 12, 2005
Village Voice
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