Prisoner of Paradise Poster

Release Date: October 4th, 2002

DVD Release Date: April 12th, 2005

Not Yet Rated|1 hr 36 min

Plot Summary
Kurt Gerron was a star in Germany's theater and cabaret scene in the 1920s and 1930s, performing with some of the country's best artists and entertainers of the time. But with the rise of Adolf Hitler, the acclaimed Jewish entertainer was relegated to the role of prisoner in a Nazi-run concentration camp. There he was forced to put his talents to use writing and directing a propaganda film that sang the praises of his captors. This documentary tells Gerron's shocking and tragic story.

Cast: Kurt Gerron, Silvia Grohs Martin, Robby Lantz, Ela Weissberger, Lore Moos, Coco Schumann, Ian Holm

Director: Malcolm Clarke, Stuart Sender

Genres: Documentary

Distributors: Odeon Films

Keywords: Fall, 1940s, 1930s, Sacrifice

Ratings & Reviews

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  • Gripping documentary. show more

  • Its uniqueness lies in its juxtaposition of happy faces and unhappy realities, of fleeting expressions of art and culture undone by daily brutality. show more

  • What distinguishes Malcolm Clarke and Stuart Sender's film from the many similarly themed efforts that have preceded it is that it tells a morality tale of a man whose hubris partially led to his downfall and whose willingness to work for his Nazi overseers resulted in one of the most notorious propaganda films of the era. show more

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Nominated Documentary (Feature)