About

The final film in Rossellini's war film trilogy (the first two being Rome, Open City and Paisà). Germany Year Zero takes place in post-war Germany, unlike the others, which take place in German-occupied Rome and post-war Italy, respectively. The story follows a twelve-year-old boy, Edmund Kohler, who is mainly left to his own devices in order to survive and to help his family do the same.

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Directed by

Roberto Rossellini

Written by

Sergio Amidei (Writer)
Roberto Rossellini (Screenplay)
Carlo Lizzani (Writer)
Max Kolpé (Dialogue)

Runtime

70 minutes

Country

Italy

Language

Italian

Tagline

The country is obliterated, the buildings are dilapidated and the people are desolated.

Cast

Keywords

foreign nazi post war berlin germany child neo realism italian neo realism

Lists

#237 on 1,000 greatest films They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?