Department of Germanic Studies

Jakob der Lügner / Jacob the Liar (Frank Beyer, West Germany, 1975)

Remake: Jacob the Liar (Peter Kassovitz, 1999 – stars Robin Williams)

Tue, September 6, 2011 | Burdine Hall 216

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Jakob der Lügner
Jakob der Lügner

The story concerns a ghetto character, Jakob (Vlastimil Brodsky) who tells the others huddled there that the Russians are winning the war against the Germans and are advancing on Warsaw. How does he know? He says he has a radio hidden away, which, if true, could earn him immediate execution. In fact, there is no such radio, and his prediction (for such it is) is years ahead of events. However, for a little while, Jacob the Liar kept hope alive in a hopeless situation.

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Sponsored by: The Department of Germanic Studies and the Center for European Studies

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