Escape to Life: The Erika and Klaus Mann Story
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Escape to Life: The Erika and Klaus Mann Story
Erika Mann and her brother Klaus Mann were the oldest children of renowned German author Thomas Mann; while the siblings strove to earn the love and approval of their father, the elder Mann was a cold and distant person, and Erika and Klaus came to depend upon each other for the emotional support they did not receive from their parents -- so much so that they often referred to themselves as twins, even though they were actually born a year apart. As they grew to adulthood, Klaus went on to a successful career as a writer, and Erika also distinguished herself in literature while making a name… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 29%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Weiss and Speck never make a convincing case for the relevance of these two 20th-century footnotes."
‑ Ed Halter, Village Voice
"Weiss and Speck capture the rich, turbulent tapestry of the Manns' lives."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"Why make a documentary about these marginal historical figures? Wouldn't one about their famous dad, author of Death in Venice, etc., be more valuable?"
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"An interesting, if not entirely successful, biography of two extraordinary personalities."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The re- enactments, however fascinating they may be as history, are too crude to serve the work especially well."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"It's a bad sign when you're rooting for the film to hurry up and get to its subjects' deaths just so the documentary will be over, but it's indicative of how uncompelling the movie is unless it happens to cover your particular area of interest."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
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