Prisoner of Paradise
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A chronicle of the true story of Kurt Gerron, a well known and beloved German-Jewish actor, director and cabaret star in Berlin in the 1920's and '30's. Among his greatest accomplishments, he co-starred with the legendary Marlene Dietrich in the film classic, "The Blue Angel." He also sang "Mack The Knife" in the original production of "Threepenny Opera." Ultimately, Gerron was captured and sent to a concentration camp, where he was ordered to both write and direct a pro-Nazi propaganda film.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A good example of a film that lets one person's life tell higher truths about a major time in human history."
‑ Jonathan Curiel, San Francisco Chronicle
"Ggripping documentary."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"One of the more bizarre Holocaust stories comes to light in the impressive, handsomely made Prisoner of Paradise."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"Excels is in its interviewees and the range of its historical images and information."
‑ Kim Williamson, Boxoffice Magazine
"The history is frustratingly conveyed and the emphasis is out of whack in this disappointing effort."
‑ Paul Sherman, Boston Herald
"An engrossing documentary about one of the least known and most unexpected aspects of the Nazi war against the Jews."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Frustratingly superficial."
‑ Megan Lehmann, New York Post
"It can be hard to conceptualize mass murder, but using the media to lie is a concept we're all quite familiar with in this day and age"
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
"It's a testament to the power of the documentary that we're still rooting for him, even when Gerron has sold his final few shreds of decency to the devil."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"As a tragic example of supreme denial, Gerron, the man, will resonate with artists and laymen alike, as will this troubling documentary."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"An extraordinary documentary about the German entertainer Kurt Gerron."
‑ Ella Taylor, L.A. Weekly
"Chilling and provocative."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"Directors Malcolm Clarke and Stuart Sender tell this story dispassionately, letting it evoke pity without asking us to see Gerron as a hero."
‑ Lawrence Toppman, Charlotte Observer
"Unsatisfactory documentary that leaves too many questions unanswered."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
"This is one story that must be seen to be believed."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
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