Jacob the Liar | 1974

Comedy
Based on the lauded novel by Jurek Becker, this dark comedy focuses on Jakob Heym, a Jew living in a Polish ghetto. When Jakob is temporarily detained by German officers and overhears news on their radio that the ...more

Cast

... Jacob

Actor

... Kowalski

Actor

... Lima

Actor

... Mischa

Actor

... Rosa

Actor

... Herr Frankfurter

Actor

... Frau Frankfurter

Actor

... Professor Kirschbaum

Actor

... Josefa

Actor

... Herschel Schtamm Reimar

Actor

... Roman Schtamm

Actor

Writers

Screenplay

Book as Source Material

Company

DEFA

Production Company

Synopsis

Based on the lauded novel by Jurek Becker, this dark comedy focuses on Jakob Heym, a Jew living in a Polish ghetto. When Jakob is temporarily detained by German officers and overhears news on their radio that the Russians are advancing on Nazi forces, he is thrilled at the prospect of freedom. In order to convince others of the news, Jakob pretends that he has a radio of his own -- a serious crime in the ghetto -- and begins making up stories to maintain his deception.

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