Jakob, der Lugner / Jacob the Liar (1975) DVD9
Though this is drama is a portrayal of life in a Jewish ghetto under Nazi occupation during World War II, it is by no means a dark movie, and bits of subtle humor are found throughout. Jacob is an average resident of the ghetto, and one day he happens upon a news broadcast from a Nazi radio concerning the advancement of allied troops. In light of a friend’s suicidal attempt to steal food, Jacob leaks this news to him in order to give hope for liberation. However, he expands the truth by telling the friend that the news came from his own secret radio. Soon everyone in the ghetto has heard this news and pesters Jacob for the latest advancements. His neighbors, clinging to this newly found promise of deliverance, demand more news daily and our increasingly reluctant Jacob is forced to invent it.

DVD9 | NTSC 4:3 | 01:36:00 | 7.85 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Deutsch
Subtitles: English, Francais, Espanol, Hebrew
Genre: Drama, Comedy, War

Director: Frank Beyer
Cast: Vlastimil Brodsky, Erwin Geschonneck, Henry Hubchen, Blanche Kommerell, Manuela Simon
Country: East Germany, Czechoslovakia

- 60 minute documentary about director Frank Beyer

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