Escape to Life: The Erika and Klaus Mann Story

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Release Date: January 11, 2002Running Time: 80 mins.
MPAA Rating: None
Genre: Adaptation, Documentary, Historical, Period

Christoph Eichhorn
Maren Kroymann
Cora Frost
Jean Loup

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The story of Klaus and Erika Mann, the two brilliant eldest children of Nobel-prize-winner Thomas Mann. Using archival footage, dramatic scenes and interviews, we see how the almost inseparable duo kept going as they grew up in the shadow of a world-famous father and a threatening war. While the siblings often claimed they were identical twins, it is certain that they had a special and tight bond that formed the basis for their exceptionally creative and intellectually productive lives. They wrote and acted and were both homosexuals and pacifists. Yet Erika married twice. Klaus, who never progressed further than an engagement, joined the American army to fight against his former fatherland. ... Full Summary >>