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Rosenstrasse (2004)

Katja Riemann , Maria Schrader , Margarethe von Trotta  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Katja Riemann, Maria Schrader, Svea Lohde, Jutta Lampe, Doris Schade
  • Directors: Margarethe von Trotta
  • Writers: Margarethe von Trotta, Pamela Katz
  • Producers: Errol Nayci, Henrik Meyer, Kerstin Ramcke, Markus Zimmer, Richard Schöps
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, German
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 18, 2005
  • Run Time: 136 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006IIKRQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,273 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Rosenstrasse" on IMDb

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In the cold Berlin winter of 1943, hundreds of women stood, and waited, in defiance of the Nazis. While countless Jews were being sent to concentration camps for execution, Jewish husbands of Aryan wives suffered a different fate; they were separated from their families and imprisoned in a factory on a street named Rosenstrasse. On that street these women stood in protest, in the name of love until they were reunited with their men. This is the striking story of Rosenstrasse: where the power of the human will stands inconquerable - for hope, dignity and love.

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In the cold Berlin winter of 1943, hundreds of women stood, and waited, in defiance of the Nazis. While countless Jews were being sent to concentration camps for execution, Jewish husbands of Aryan wives suffered a different fate; they were separated from their families and imprisoned in a factory on a street named Rosenstrasse. On that street these women stood in protest, in the name of love until they were reunited with their men. This is the striking story of Rosenstrasse: where the power ofthe human will stands inconquerable - for hope, dignity and love.

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120 of 126 people found the following review helpful
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Three women, from different generations are still trying to heal from the horrors of the Third Reich and WWII more than fifty years after Germany surrendered to the Allied forces on May 7, 1945. The film's primary focus, however, is on a little girl who lost two mothers in a three year period - 1943 to 1946. She never received explanations for the horrors she lived through, nor did she have the opportunity to understand or express her pain. "Rosenstrasse" is set in 21st century New York City and Berlin, with flashbacks to Nazi Germany and Berlin in 1943.

When Ruth Weinstein's, (Jutta Lampe), husband dies, she insists that the family observe a strictly Orthodox mourning period, even though they had never been observant Jews. Her son and daughter are both bewildered, and then angry, when Ruth forbids daughter Hannah, (Maria Schrader) to marry her Nicaraguan fiance Luis, ((Fedja van Huet). Luis is not Jewish, and although he was mentored by Hannah's now deceased father, and religion had never been a problem before, their plans for a life together are now up in the air. A distant cousin alludes that the source of Ruth's problems lies in the past, in Nazi Germany. She reveals to Hannah that her mother was cared for, in fact saved from certain death, by an Aryan woman during WWII. After the war Ruth immigrated to America to live with this cousin and her family, virtual strangers. Ruth had never discussed her childhood or her war experiences with her children. She always kept silent. And when Hannah probes once more she receives no answers, as always. She decides to fly to Germany to uncover the secrets of her mother's past.
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60 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MAGNIFICENT FILM... September 6, 2005
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This film is based upon the true story of the German women who, during Word War II, protested the internment of their Jewish husbands in a building located on Rosenstrasse, a street in Berlin. These were women who defied the Nazi status quo by remaining married to the husbands whom they loved so dearly, although it came with a price.

The film tells the story through the juxtaposition of the present and the past. The story is told in flashback. In the present, the viewer is introduced to Ruth Weinstein (Jutta Lampe), a secular Jewish woman, living in present day New York, She has just lost her husband, and appears to have lost her senses, as well. She insists that her family sit Shiva, speaking only German while observing Orthodox traditions. She refuses to acknowledge her first cousin, who has come to pay her respects. Ruth also refuses to acknowledge Luis Marquez (Fedja van Huet), her only daughter's Nicaraguan, non-Jewish fiance. Luis had been a protoge of the deceased, who had had no issue with the idea of Luis marrying his daughter. Ruth now forbids her daughter to marry Luis or she will disown her. Hannah (Maria Schrader), the daughter, is at a loss to account for her mother's seemingly irrational behavior and is totally appalled by it.

When Hannah speaks to her mother's first cousin, whom she had never before met, she discovers that her mother had lived with her first cousin and her family when she first came to the United States from Germany. Hannah comes away thinking that the answer to her mother's apparent derangement lies in Berlin, with an Aryan woman Hannah does not even know is still alive. This woman had, apparently, saved Ruth's life during the Nazi's reign of terror.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Women of Great Courage and Devotion! November 27, 2004
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I saw this movie in a N.Y. movie house. It was superb! The acting was outstanding! These courageous German women impressed me deeply. I have read and seen a number of films about Germans who challenged the Nazis,and although it was too bad there wasn't more of it, some sacrificed a great deal. The film suggests the main character's relationship to Goebbels was influential to the release of the Jewish spouses being held by the Nazis. I don't beleive this was fact however, I am still personally researching the matter. In addition to opposing the Nazis, she also protects a young Jewish girl. There are numerous flashbacks and there is plenty of intense drama. I have heard of many women who have fought for many issues held dear to them, but these women battled against some horrific odds. Although the movie is in German(English Sub-titles) don't let it stop you from getting a copy of this movie. I wish American actresses could give such performances. A must see!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars When you fight you get somewhere, a serious drama August 15, 2005
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It has been pretty easy to make films about the genocide and murder of German nazism where the suffering and the pity of the victims is the main thing to touch our hearts, where the fear of the oppressor, or even in the lamentable example of Schindler is treat as a hero, even though he was just a good murderer of Jews who saved a few.

The Rosenstrasse tells the real story of German women married to Jews who fought back against the imprisonment and threatened deportation to the death camps of their Jewish husbands. The demonstrated in the Rosenstrasse, the street in front of what become the prison of Jews about to be deported, and confronted the police and Gestapo. They did not back down, and threatened with bullets and bayonets, they actually won. Their men were released. This happened in Berlin in 1943, not just on the screen.

The brilliance of the director and author is to set this story in the personal discovery of a young twenty-something New York yuppie whose mother as a child escaped from the Rosenstrasse prison, who was protected and saved from the camps by one of the non-Jewish Germans at the Roenstrasse. The story is intelligently set in the real struggle we all go through with our children, with our parents to find new identities, often realizing what the old identities actually were.

The acting here is good to superb. You are facing real gritty people with defects and errors, charms and evil, just like people you know. You see Nazi Germany not as some stereotype, but as a world like one we will recognize.

I wont disclose more of the plot which is well built, well developed and sinks into you. I will only disclose that this movie is a good example of how fighters can get what they want.
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3.0 out of 5 stars not entirely satisfied
I don't feel there was enough information on language. I was hoping it would be in English. It was subtitled instead. Read more
Published 3 months ago by mk
5.0 out of 5 stars A Personal WWII Jewel
Many films have been produced re: WWII, but its the personal emotional stories that make films like "Rosenstrasse" a gem.
Published 5 months ago by Rene Asch
5.0 out of 5 stars very moving
It uncovered a part of history which I did not know. I did not realize that inter-married couples in Nazi Germany were allowed to stay married (all be it with unimaginable... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Lars
5.0 out of 5 stars Sad
As I was watching this movie I couldn't help but to think how bad the human race can get. Great movie, very touching
Published 15 months ago by Rodolfo Mingelgrun
3.0 out of 5 stars Rosenstrasse
I did not see that this movie had sub-titles and if I had I wouldn't have ordered it. The movie was good but it lost some of the effectiveness to me because it wasn't in English.
Published 16 months ago by 3236
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful
I didn't know about this part of World War II. Gripping and sad. Loved the heroine and her sense of loyalty.
Published 17 months ago by Sally Goodin
5.0 out of 5 stars The other face of Germany
One can feel the hatred by the cold Nazi propaganda regime directed towards the many German Christian women married to German born Jewish men separated by the perverted ideals as... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Actualle
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
This is a great movie and at a great price. Amazon was the only place that had this movie when I bought it. Read more
Published 20 months ago by April
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gripping Story
The concentration camps of Nazi Germany are well known but I had never heard this story of Aryan wives whose Jewish husbands were detained and held in confinement on a street named... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Fremont A. Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Rosenstrasse
I bought this movie so my son could hear German besides his HS classroom. He skipped out on the movie so I watched it with my wife. Read more
Published on January 27, 2012 by Mike Curl aka RedonKiLaus
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