Trapped in a Polish ghetto with thousands of other Jews facing starvation or deportation to the death camps, Jacob is detained one evening at Gestapo headquarters. Eavesdropping, he overhears a radio report about a nearby Russian victory. At first he is silent, but circumstances compel him to pass on the good news of hope. In order to be believed, he feigns access to a hidden strictly forbidden radio. Quickly he becomes a one-man bulwark against despair, a reluctant hero, but a tragic figure still – a man ultimately powerless to see or change the fate of his people. Jacob the Liar is a heartbreaking, yet funny film that enlivens with the sheer power of its insight. A masterwork of artistry and understanding not to be missed. Nominated “Best Foreign Film,” 1977 Academy Adwards™

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Jacob the Liar (1975)

War/Drama/Comedy/Crime · 1h 40m

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Trapped in a Polish ghetto with thousands of other Jews facing starvation or deportation to the death camps, Jacob is detained one evening at Gestapo headquarters. Eavesdropping, he overhears a radio report about a nearby Russian victory. At first he is silent, but circumstances compel him to pass on the good news of hope. In order to be believed, he feigns access to a hidden strictly forbidden radio. Quickly he becomes a one-man bulwark against despair, a reluctant hero, but a tragic figure still – a man ultimately powerless to see or change the fate of his people. Jacob the Liar is a heartbreaking, yet funny film that enlivens with the sheer power of its insight. A masterwork of artistry and understanding not to be missed. Nominated “Best Foreign Film,” 1977 Academy Adwards™

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Status

Released
Cast
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Vlastimil Brodský

Jakob Heym
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Erwin Geschonneck

Kowalski
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Henry Hübchen

Mischa
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Blanche Kommerell

Rosa Frankfurter
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Manuela Simon

Lina
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Dezsö Garas

Frankfurter
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Zsuzsa Gordon

Mrs. Frankfurter
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Friedrich Richter

Dr. Kirschbaum
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Margit Bara

Josefa
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Reimar J. Baur

Herschel Schtamm
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Armin Mueller-Stahl

Roman Schtamm
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Hermann Beyer

Wachhabender
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Klaus Brasch

Najdorf
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Jürgen Hilbrecht

Schwocj
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Paul Lewitt

Horowitz
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Fritz Links

Fajngold
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Edwin Marian

Abraham
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Hans-Peter Reinicke

Soldat vor Latrine
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Helmut Schellhardt

Eisenbahner
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Peter Sturm

Schmidt
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Horst Preusker

Nachrichtensprecher (voice)
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Peter Bausch

Soldat
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Eckhard Bilz

Soldat in Giebelfenster
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Gerhard Brieger

Sowjetischer General
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Josef Englicki

Mann in Kowalskis Zimmer
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Harald Fischer

Turmposten
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Gabriele Gysi

Larissa
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Harald Henke

Soldat
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Otto Horstmann

Sowjetischer General
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Wilhelm Jordan

Sowjetischer General
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Karel Kalita

Siegfried
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Jarmila Karlovská

Mischas Nachbarin
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Josef Koci

Alter Mann in Kaftan
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Julius Kornstreicher

Mann in Kowalskis Zimmer
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Harry Lehnert

Polizist
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Fred Ludwig

Awron Minsch
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Joachim Lukas

Soldat
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Alfred Lux

Arbeiter
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Peter Pauli

Arbeiter
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Erich Petraschk

Chaim Balabusne
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Bernhard Schauder

Torposten
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Klaus-Jürgen Steinmann

Zivilist im Revier
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Pavel Vancura

Rafael
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Wilfried Zander

Schlittenkutscher
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Henry Zschoge

Soldat
Crew
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Frank Beyer

Director
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Jurek Becker

Writer
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Peter Kassovitz

Director
Disc Releases
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Jacob the Liar

(DVD)

10/19/1999

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