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  • Summary: Based on the true story of Gretel Bergmann who unwittingly became the biggest threat to the Nazi Party in 1936. Berlin was hosting the summer Olympic Games and Gretel was one of Germany's best gold medal contenders. She was also Jewish. Her skill and ethnicity undermined the Nazi belief that Aryans were the superior race, so the German authorities schemed to replace Gretel with another woman -- but "she" had a secret that, if uncovered, could be even more embarrassing to the Nazis. (Corinth Releasing) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Sep 13, 2011
    The burgeoning relationship between both the athletes, bonding over a kindred "otherness," is handled tastefully by director Kaspar Heidelbach, though the lack of new insights on the subject of National Socialism's wickedness ultimately reduces a well-staged film to a historical footnote.
  2. Reviewed by: Kirk Honeycutt
    Sep 13, 2011
    The film, well made in every way, smartly focuses on an unlikely friendship between Gretel and the athlete who ultimately replaced her -- a high jumper who was later revealed to be a man!
  3. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    Sep 13, 2011
    The picture sports a strong lead cast but is diminished by TV-style helming and production qualities.
  4. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Sep 22, 2011
    Whatever the facts of the case, Berlin 36 doesn't clear the bar for dramatic impact.
  5. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Sep 15, 2011
    Tasteful to a fault, Berlin 36 turns real-life controversy into disappointingly tepid drama.
  6. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Sep 12, 2011
    Excepting a momentary late-film lapse into eye-rolling double-exposure tomfoolery, the film is as aesthetically bland as a film could conceivably be, the perfunctory camerawork imbuing the proceedings with an ugly, indistinctive gloss.