Germany Year Zero

Germany Year Zero

Directed by Roberto Rossellini • 1948 • France, Italy, West Germany

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. GERMANY YEAR ZERO (Deutschland im Jahre Null) is a daring, gut-wrenching look at the consequences of fascism, for society and the individual.

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Germany Year Zero
  • Germany Year Zero

    Directed by Roberto Rossellini • 1948 • France, Italy, West Germany

    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 fat...

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  • Roberto Rossellini on GERMANY YEAR ZERO

    The following introduction by Roberto Rossellini was made for “Roberto Rossellini Presents,” a 1963 French television series of his films. It was directed by Jean-Mare Coldefy. Please note: this introduction reveals key plot points.

  • GERMANY YEAR ZERO Italian-Language Opening

    Roberto Rosellini shot GERMANY YEAR ZERO in Berlin and Rome with an international crew and German actors. We have presented the film with its original German-language soundtrack and opening titles. The Italian release of the film opened with Italian credits and a voice-over prologue. These are pr...

  • Roberto Rossellini

    This documentary by filmmaker Carlo Lizzani traces Roberto Rossellini's career through archival footage and interviews with many of his family members and collaborators, including Isabella Rossellini and Anna Magnani, and features tributes from filmmakers Francois Truffaut and Martin Scorsese.

  • Carlo Lizzani on GERMANY YEAR ZERO

    Carlo Lizzani was the only Italian hired to work on Roberto Rossellini's international crew for GERMANY YEAR ZERO. In this podium discussion from the Tutto Rossellini conference in Pesaro, Italy, in June 1987, Lizzani discusses his role as assistant director on the film. He also reads excerpts fr...

  • Adriano Aprà on GERMANY YEAR ZERO

    Film historian and teacher Adriano Aprà has devoted much of his career to Roberto Rossellini and his films, directing the 1992 film ROSSELLINI VISTO DA ROSSELLINI, editing the 1992 collection of Rossellini essays and interviews “My Method,” and writing the 2006 book “In viaggio con Rossellini.” T...