The Juggler (1953)


the-juggler-1953“I can wash dishes, sweep barracks, clean toilets. I can also smile while being beaten by fists, feet, straps and long rubber hoses. I can be used as a guinea pig for new drugs and old poisons. All of which we learned as guests of the Nazis.” – Hans Muller

Number of Times Seen – 1 (26 Jan 2017)

Brief Synopsis – A refugee from Europe arrives on the shores of Israel and must deal with his memories of living under Nazi persecution.

My Take on it – This is a film that I had never heard of before, but was extremely happy to find.

Kirk Douglas is amazing here as a man who escaped the Nazi’s following World War II and upon arriving in a new and free homeland, he is still unable to cope with returning to a free life.

They do a great job showing the psychological effects on someone who escaped from the Nazi’s.

What is even more amazing is the fact that this film was made not long after the war and the fact that they could show these issues so blatantly is quite courageous.

Really enjoyed the way that they show a character who was once full of hope, joy and happiness completely changed by the events of his persecution and trying as hard as he can to return to the feelings of his old life despite how he has been changed over the years.

So glad I found this film.

Bottom Line – Great film that shows so much of how the events of living under Nazi persecution could have psychological effects on someone.  Very interesting that this film was made so soon after the war and how it shows the issues so prominently.  Douglas is amazing here in the title role.  Loved how they showed a character who use to be so full of hope and joy completely changed by the events of his life and how he slowly worked his way back to his old self. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The film is based on author Michael Blankfort’s novel with the same title. Initially, producer Stanley Kramer wanted author Michael Blankfort to direct the film but Blankfort was refused a passport for travel to Israel by the United States State Department because Blankfort had been a Communist many years earlier.Kramer reassigned the film to director Edward Dmytryk who served almost a year in prison in 1948 after being convicted of contempt of Congress for refusing to divulge his political affiliations. After his release from prison, Dmytryk moved to England but returned to the U.S. and gave testimony before the House Committee on Un-American Activities and, as a result, was removed from the film industry “blacklist”.  (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy

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