Kapò

Kapò

DVD - 2010 | Italian
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The story of a Jewish girl from Paris sent to a concentration camp during World War II and her struggle to survive by stealing another's identity and becoming a warden.
Publisher: [United States] : Criterion Collection, c2010.
ISBN: 9781604652611
1604652616
Branch Call Number: DVD INTL KAPO
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (117 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.

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maipenrai
Nov 01, 2017

Disturbing film about the choices made by a teenage Jewish girl in order to survive in a concentration camp. It is difficult to judge her when she takes on the brutality of her captors. No one knows what they might choose in order to live. Well acted by Susan Strassberg. Recommend though the subject matter is painful. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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eddythefan
Aug 01, 2015

I returned this BEFORE the due date, returned to Excelsior Branch

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Monolith
Dec 15, 2012

I'm sure no one enjoys films about the Holocaust; it's beyond depressing to view anything about that horror because it is real life. It happened. No 'entertainment value' in this horror whatsoever. I'll simply commend co-writer/director Gillo Pontecorvo on being one of the first to boldly illustrate the insanity and the brutality rendered by those monsters. Young, waif-life Susan Strasberg was exemplary as Edith/Nicole Niepas. An incredible movie. Not something I think I'll ever watch again, though. Too sad. FIVE STARS.

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aqiva
Sep 23, 2012

SUBTITLES, CLOSED-CAPTIONS The DVD has both options. Subtitles are small, yellow & fuzzy. If your remote has a cc key they are sharp, white, upper case & easier to read.
LANGUAGES: Most of the dialogue is in Italian, Russian, German. Some but not all of the German dialogue has subtitles &/or cc'ing. Presumably all the German was not subtitled or cc'd to present an empathy with the experience of what non-German speaking camp prisoners went through on arriving and living in (and dying in) the concentration and death camps without understanding the language being yelled, screamed and barked at them by SS soldiers.
REVIEW: Excellent film. It brings to mind a 'by-gone' era of great film-making with its epic, multi-layered story-telling. The cinematography, in 'glorious black & white,' is excellent. Evocative of other films of that era such as The Cranes Are Flying. One can see a similarity in cinematographic and directorial styles w/ Pontocorvo's best known and most famous feature film, The Battle of Algiers. It should come as no surprise that most of the directors film career was in documentaries; he only made a small number of feature films, Kapo and The Battle of Algiers among them.
THE SPL CATALOG DESCRIPTION: The catalog description infers the girl at the center of the story is French Jewish from Paris. In the story she is an Italian Jewish girl who is in Paris when she and her family are arrested for "the crime of being Jewish." I would be hard-pressed to describe the girl at the center of the story as having become a 'warden.' She became a kapo.

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Monolith
Dec 15, 2012

(Nicole is distraught over her parents recent execution, and is being transported by train with other female prisoners) Sofia: "With your eyes closed, this almost tastes like bread." (Nicole shakes her head, despairingly) "Don't think about it child. Who gives a damn? Here you'll forget everything except cold and hunger, you know? The rest means nothing. Isn't that right?" Terese: "No, I don't believe it." Sofia: "How long have you been here?" Terese: "Over six months." Sofia: "We'll talk in a year, if you're still alive." (to Nicole) "Listen to me child. The cleanest one here has mange."

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Monolith
Dec 15, 2012

(Terese is talking to Alice, a Kapò, in German, about Nicole) Terese: "Nicole. Alice has an absurd proposal." Nicole Niepas: "What?" Terese: "She'd like you to visit the SS tonight. Of course you won't do it. You won't, will you?" Nicole Niepas: "Why?" Terese: "You know nothing of these things. You've never been with a man, have you?" Nicole Niepas: "No. ...But if I go, will they feed me?" Terese: "Nicole!" Nicole Niepas: "Ask her." (silence) "Ask her."

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