Prisoner of paradise
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Kurt Gerron was an actor, filmmaker, and musician who rose to acclaim and stardom in Germany in the late '20s and early '30s. Gerron appeared in The Blue Angel alongside Marlene Dietrich, starred in the inaugural production of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill's groundbreaking The Threepenny Opera, and directed a string of successful movie musicals. Gerron, however, was also a Jew, and while he had the good sense to flee to Amsterdam after the early Nazi programs when Holland fell under Axis occupation, he was later deported back to Germany. Unable to join such colleagues as Peter Lorre and Billy Wilder in the United States, Gerron found himself using his talents acting in vile Nazi propaganda films such as Der Ewige Jude (aka The Eternal Jew), and was finally forced to direct Theresienstadt (1944, aka The Fuhrer Gives a City to the Jews), a remarkable bit of fabrication which portrayed one of the Third Reich's death camps as a safe haven for Jewish refugees. Gerron's reward for his hard work on the film was a one-way trip in a railroad car to a gas chamber. Prisoner of Paradise is a documentary which chronicles Gerron's remarkable and tragic life story, in which his desire to create and his need to work in the limelight led him to both betrayal and his doom. The film received an Academy Award nomination for Best Feature Documentary. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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|Grouping Title||prisoner of paradise|
|Grouping Author||média vérité|
|Last Grouping Update||2019-01-01 01:10:20AM|
|Last Indexed||2019-11-11 04:07:17AM|
Holm, Ian, 1931-
St. Pierre, Luc.
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Café Productions Ltd.
Média Vérité (Firm)
PBS Home Video.
Paramount Home Entertainment (Firm)
Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.)
St. Pierre, Luc.
U5 Filmproducktion GmbH.
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|display_description||The startling true story of Kurt Gerron, a beloved German-Jewish actor, director and cabaret star in Berlin in the 1920's and '30's. He was captured and sent to a concentration camp where he was ordered to write pro-Nazi propaganda films.|
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|owning_location_wilkinson||Telluride Wilkinson Library|
|subject_facet||Documentary television programs|
Gerron, Kurt, -- 1897-1944
World War, 1939-1945 -- Propaganda
|title_display||Prisoner of paradise|
|title_full||Prisoner of paradise [videorecording] / a production of Média Vérité and Café Productions in association with BBC, History Television Inc., Public Broadcasting Service, U5 Filmproducktion GmbH ; written by Malcom Clarke ; produced by Malcolm Clarke and Karl-Eberhard Schaeffer ; directed by Malcolm Clarke and Stuart Sender|
|title_short||Prisoner of paradise|
World War, 1939-1945