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      Hotel Berlin

      1945 1h 38m Drama List
      Reviews 67% Audience Score 100+ Ratings After escaping from a Nazi prison camp, Martin Richter (Helmut Dantine), a captured member of the German Resistance, poses as a waiter and hides among the guests at the Hotel Berlin. Richter begins an unlikely friendship with Lisa Dorn (Andrea King), a famed stage actress who is being courted by disgraced Nazi Gen. Arnim von Dahnwitz (Raymond Massey). Surrounded by potential informants, Richter and Dorn struggle to secure safe passage out of Germany in the final days of World War II. Read More Read Less

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      James Agee TIME Magazine Turns Vicki Baum's old Grand Hotel formula to topical account. Feb 22, 2018 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews The neglected film has a great cast to keep it a decent film despite its bad guys being more colorful than the good guys. Rated: B Jul 15, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Russ G A film of which I knew nothing before seeing it on TCM's streaming menu and the casting of Peter Lorre had me click on it. It's a surprisingly good dramatization and given that it was released before the end of the war, I wonder just how much of what was unfolding in Germany was known by the Allies. While Lorre is good in his supporting role [he's billed #5 in the opening credits], all the principles as well as bit players shine. I'd single out for Honorable Mention the young man who plays "Number 6" the bellhop. Lorre's monologue poses the question "Are there any good Germans?" and that was doubtless a controversial one for American audiences, thousands of whom had lost sons, brothers, husbands, and lovers fighting the Nazi war machine. All in all, a film that should be more widely seen. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/24/23 Full Review Audience Member I got on a Faye Emerson kick recently after seeing her work in Nobody Lives Forever and therefore screened Hotel Berlin. I'm glad I did and while her character is under-scripted she's excellent here. The film's lead, though, played by Helmut Dantine, is also under-developed as the film is more interested in sharing multiple storylines. Raymond Massey as a Nazi general who led a failed plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler is excellent and I wish the film had developed his character further. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review Tom M Very movie good American WW2 movie with the rather rare viewpoint of Germans knowing that their end is near. Excellent ensemble cast. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 11/09/20 Full Review Audience Member Fine WWII thriller. Amazing it was made in late 1944 early 1945, as it is astoundingly predictive of the situation in Germany for the end of the war. Great performances all around, very fine Waxman score. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Audience Member Finely drawn characters. Great suspense. Credible as a representation of the last days of WW2 in Berlin. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/26/23 Full Review Audience Member Entertaining war drama with a darker tenure than most studio films at the time. The cast performs well but with the source material being from the author of Grand Hotel and a decent script it's a surprise that the cast are more or less B level players. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis After escaping from a Nazi prison camp, Martin Richter (Helmut Dantine), a captured member of the German Resistance, poses as a waiter and hides among the guests at the Hotel Berlin. Richter begins an unlikely friendship with Lisa Dorn (Andrea King), a famed stage actress who is being courted by disgraced Nazi Gen. Arnim von Dahnwitz (Raymond Massey). Surrounded by potential informants, Richter and Dorn struggle to secure safe passage out of Germany in the final days of World War II.
      Director
      Peter Godfrey
      Producer
      Louis F. Edelman
      Production Co
      Warner Brothers/Seven Arts
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Runtime
      1h 38m