Jacob the Liar

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Jacob the Liar

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Jacob the Liar

Release Date: April 18, 1975

Year    :   1975
Slogan    :   «»
Genres    :   History, Drama, Comedy
Production Companies    :   DEFA, Filmové studio Barrandov, Gruppe "Johannisthal"
Director    :   Frank Beyer
Producers    :   Herbert Ehler
Writers    :   Frank Beyer, Jurek Becker
RunTime    :   100 mins.

A Jewish ghetto in the east of Europe, 1944. By coincidence, Jakob Heym eavesdrops on a German radio broadcast announcing the Soviet Army is making slow by steady progress towards central Europe. In order to keep his companion in misfortune, Mischa, from risking his life for a few potatoes, he tells him what he heard and announces that he is in possession of a radio - in the ghetto a crime punishable by death. It doesn't take long for word of Jakob's secret to spread - suddenly, there is new hope and something to live for - and so Jakob finds himself in the uncomforting position of having to come up with more and more stories.

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