Escape to Life: The Erika and Klaus Mann Story (2002)

Escape to Life: The Erika and Klaus Mann Story
Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating None
Runtime 1hr 20mins.
Genres Adaptation, Period, Documentary, Historical
Keywords bio, docudrama
Status Released
US Release Date
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Uli Fischer Director of Photography n/a 120780 6000001
Ann T Rossetti Director of Photography n/a 120780 6000002
Nuala Campbell Director of Photography n/a 120780 6000003
Wieland Speck Screenplay n/a 120778 4000002
Andrea Weiss Screenplay n/a 120778 4000001
Jörg Fockele Producer n/a 3 3000003
Greta Schiller Co-Producer n/a 170 3000004
Andrea Weiss Editor n/a 172 7000001
Prisca Swan Editor n/a 172 7000002
Ivan Ingerman Costume Designer n/a 169 13000002
Klaus Mann Other from texts 120795 26000001
Erika Mann Other from texts 120795 26000002
Gabriele Keuneke Costume Designer n/a 169 13000001
Bader El Hindi Production Designer n/a 164 9000002
John Eacott Music n/a 120781 8000001
Johannes Wienand Production Designer n/a 164 9000001
Thomas Kufus Producer n/a 3 3000002
Claudia Spiller Producer n/a 3 3000001
Conny Appenzeller Actor n/a 1 1000006
Albrecht Becker Actor n/a 1 1000007
Sol Bondy Actor n/a 1 1000008
Guido Kleineidam Actor n/a 1 1000005
Jean Loup Actor n/a 1 1000004
Maren Kroymann Actor n/a 1 1000002
Cora Frost Actor n/a 1 1000003
Thomas Bronner Actor n/a 1 1000009
Michael Callahan Actor n/a 1 1000010
Ulrich Matthes Voice (German language version) 475 1000015
Wieland Speck Director n/a 2 2000001
Andrea Weiss Director n/a 2 2000002
Barbara Nusse Voice (German language version) 475 1000014
Corin Redgrave Voice (English language version) 475 1000013
Dorothee von Diepenbroick Actor n/a 1 1000011
Vanessa Redgrave Voice (English language version) 475 1000012
Christoph Eichhorn Actor n/a 1 1000001
The story of Klaus and Erika Mann, the two brilliant eldest children of Nobel-prize-winner Thomas Mann. Using archival footage, dramatic scenes and interviews, we see how the almost inseparable duo kept going as they grew up in the shadow of a world-famous father and a threatening war. While the siblings often claimed they were identical twins, it is certain that they had a special and tight bond that formed the basis for their exceptionally creative and intellectually productive lives. They wrote and acted and were both homosexuals and pacifists. Yet Erika married twice. Klaus, who never progressed further than an engagement, joined the American army to fight against his former fatherland. The paradoxes in their lives put a considerable pressure on their relationship, that finally broke when Klaus became addicted to drugs and Erika shifted her loyalty to her father.