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Germany Year Zero (1948) Poster

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According to his autobiography, Klaus Kinski went in to audition for an unspecified part for Roberto Rossellini when he came to Berlin. He claims that after hours of waiting while Rossellini was on the phone with Anna Magnani in another room, Kinski characteristically burst out in anger and cursed Rossellini. The Italian director was reputedly heard saying as Kinski was storming out: "Chi è quello? Mi interessa! Fategli un provino!" (Translation: "Who is he? Interesting! Arrange for a screen test!")
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On the occasion of the projection of this film in the Brussels Royal Filmmuseum (recently restyled as "Cinematek.be") on September 7th 1997, the program quoted Belgian filmmaker Henri Storck (1907-1999): "It is a well guarded secret, but during the filming in Berlin Marlene Dietrich - desperately in love - was Rossellini's secretary, typist and translator".
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The film is dedicated to Romano Rosselini, Roberto Rossellini's son who died prematurely in 1946.
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The film underwent a restoration in 2013 through the Cineteca di Bologna.
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Exteriors were shot in Germany while all interiors were shot on a sound stage in Rome. When the German actors arrived in Rome, they ate pasta in abundance, something which the current economics of Germany could not afford. The German actors gained weight and shooting had to be postponed until they slimmed down to their original weights.
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The final movie of the military trilogy of Roberto Rossellini, which also includes "Rome - an open city" (1945) and "Countryman" (1946).
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François Truffaut made the film "The 400 Blows" (1959), from which the story of the French New Wave begins, under the impression of watching the film.
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This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #499.
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