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Jacob The Liar (1977)
Rating:
Starring: Vlastimil Brodsky, Armin Mueller-Stahl
Director: Frank Beyer
Category: Foreign
Studio: First Run Features
Subtitles:
English, Spanish, French, Hebrew
Length:
96 mins

 
 

 

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 hero still – a man ultimately powerless to see or change the fate of his people. A heartbreaking yet funny film that enlivens with the sheer power of its insight, Jacob the Liar was the only film from East Germany’s DEFA studios to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film (1977). A masterwork of artistry and understanding not to be missed.