The French/Italian/Yugoslav concentration camp drama Kapo stars Susan Strasberg, who several years earlier had originated the title role in the Broadway production The Diary of Anne Frank. Here, Ms. Strasberg is once again a European Jewish teenager victimized by the Nazis. Interred in a concentration camp, Strasberg is befriended by the camp's kindly doctor, who helps her hide her true identity and work as a camp guard, or "kapo." Unfortunately, Strasberg's new found power goes to her head, and her abuse of that power is very nearly on the same level as the Nazis. Brought down to earth by the death of a close friend, Strasberg spearheads an escape attempt, sacrificing her own life in the process. Nominated for a best foreign picture Oscar in 1960, Kapo nonetheless did not find an American distributor until 1964. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
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When you view a "classic" you know it's going to be very good. My expectations were exceeded. This portrayal of a young Jewish girl inside a Nazi concentration camp was terriffic. Lots of emotions and counter emotions made this film a complex blend. Not too much so to follow, however. One of the best films I have ever seen.
This movie exemplifies cinema as an art. The story portrays survival in the face of the unspeakable horrors in the Nazi concentration camps and part the victims play in choosing how they will respond to the life and death choices with which they are confronted . The whole production from the directing, the script, the music and the acting are perfect.