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Deutschland im Jahre Null [Blu-ray]
Varying Form of Title
English title from container and disc label: Germany, year zero
Italian title: Germania, anno zero
French title: Allemagne année zéro
Blu-ray special edition.
 by The Criterion Collection, [New York, N.Y.] :
1 videodisc (73 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in. = 1 booklet.
Form of Work
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1948.
Issued as part of the boxed set: Roberto Rosellini's war trilogy (Criterion collection 500).
Accompanied by booklet (39 p. : illustrations ; 17 cm.), featuring essays by James Quandt, Irene Bignardi, Colin MacCabe, and Jonathan Rosenbaum.
"Under exclusive license from Cinecittà Luce s.p.a."--Disc label.
4K digital restoration done in 2013.
Special features: introduction by director Roberto Rossellini from 1963; Italian-release opening credits and voice-over prologue; roberto Rossellini, a 2001 documentary by Carlo Lizzani, assistant director on Germany year zero, tracing Rossellini's career through archival footage and interviews with family members and collaborators, with tributes by filmmakers François Truffaut and Martin Scorsese; Letters from the front: Carlo Lizzani on "Germany year zero," a discussion with Lizzani from the 1987 Tutto Rossellini conference; interview from 2009 with Rossellini scholar Adriano Aprà, Interview from 2009 with Italian directors Paolo and Vittorio Taviani (Padre padrone) in which they discuss the profound influence Rossellini's films have had on them; Roberto and Roswitha, a 2009 illustrated essay by film scholar Thomas Meder on Rossellini's relationship with his mistress Roswitha Schmidt.
Director of photography, Robert Juillard ; editor, Frau [Anne-Marie] Findeisen ; music, Renzo Rossellini.
Edmund Meschke, Ernst Pittschau, Ingetraud Hinze, Franz Krüger, Erich Gühne.
The concluding chapter of Roberto Rossellini's war trilogy is the most devastating, a portrait of an obliterated Berlin, seen through the eyes of a twelve-year-old boy. Living in a bombed-out apartment building with his sick father and two older siblings, young Edmund is mostly left to wander unsupervised, getting ensnared in the black-market schemes of a group of teenagers and coming under the nefarious influence of a Nazi-sympathizing ex-teacher. The film is a look at the consequences of fascism, for society and the individual.
Blu-ray; region A; LPCM 1.0 soundtrack; requires Blu-ray player.
Chiefly in German with some English and French dialogue; optional English subtitles.