Perlasca: The Courage of a Just Man (Perlasca. Un eroe italiano)
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Perlasca: The Courage of a Just Man (Perlasca. Un eroe italiano)
Giorgio Perlasca was an Italian cattle dealer who was sympathetic to the fascist cause until September 8, 1943. Perlasca was in Budapest, Hungary, on a business trip when he had the opportunity to see first hand how Hungarian Jews were being treated by German occupying forces. Shocked by the cruelty and violence he saw, Perlasca had a sudden change of heart, and hatched a plan to help the Jews escape to freedom by impersonating a Spanish consul. As a result of Perlasca's brave actions, the lives of five thousand people were spared that day. Perlasca is a historical drama originally… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 57%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Perlasca epitomizes the kind of soft-core Holocaust porn that people point to as evidence of how survivor memory can be vulgarized and diminished through dramatization."
‑ Jan Stuart, Newsday
"Confusing lack of historical set-up considerably dims the potential luster of a great true story."
‑ Ronnie Scheib, Variety
"Negrin's film is a well-deserved tribute to a principled man who dared to act when principles no longer counted for anything."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Zingaretti does a fine job shading a character that is written as an unalloyed saint. But the most touching moments come at the end, when we see documentary footage of his true-life inspiration."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"Giorgio Perlasca, who has been compared to Oskar Schindler, deserves better than this Italian television film."
‑ Anita Gates, New York Times
"A well-made and heart-rending Italian Schindler's List."
‑ Russell Scott Smith, New York Post
"More courageous than Spielberg in its depiction of Nazi brutality, Perlasca occasionally feels like the made-for-Italian-TV film that it is."
‑ Peter L'Official, Village Voice