Prisoner of Paradise
Prisoner of Paradise (2002)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 11, 2002
DVD Release Date: April 12, 2005
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Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle

A good example of a film that lets one person's life tell higher truths about a major time in human history.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

Ggripping documentary.

Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

One of the more bizarre Holocaust stories comes to light in the impressive, handsomely made Prisoner of Paradise.

Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

An engrossing documentary about one of the least known and most unexpected aspects of the Nazi war against the Jews.

Megan Lehmann
New York Post

Frustratingly superficial.

Luke Y. Thompson
New Times

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

Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly

An extraordinary documentary about the German entertainer Kurt Gerron.

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

Chilling and provocative.

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Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer

Directors Malcolm Clarke and Stuart Sender tell this story dispassionately, letting it evoke pity without asking us to see Gerron as a hero.

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