Girl No. 217

Girl No. 217 (Russian: Человек № 217, translit. Chelovek No. 217) is a 1945 Soviet drama film directed by Mikhail Romm. It was entered into the 1946 Cannes Film Festival.[1]

Girl No. 217
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Directed byMikhail Romm
Written byMikhail Romm
Yevgeny Gabrilovich
StarringYelena Kuzmina
Vladimir Balashov
Tatyana Barysheva
Heinrich Greif
Music byAram Khachaturian
CinematographyBoris Volchek
Era Savelyeva
Release date
  • 9 April 1945 (1945-04-09)
CountrySoviet Union

An anti-Nazi film, it depicted a Russian girl enslaved to an inhuman German family.[2][3] She is even robbed of her name and forced to answer to "No. 217".[4] Subplots depict abuse directed at other POWs.[4] This reflected the use by Nazis of OST-Arbeiter as slave labour, including as family servants.



  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Girl No. 217". Retrieved 1 October 2016.
  2. ^ Jay Leyda (1960). Kino: A History of the Russian and Soviet Film. George Allen & Unwin. p. 379.
  3. ^ Anthony Rhodes, Propaganda: The art of persuasion: World War II, p219 1976, Chelsea House Publishers, New York
  4. ^ a b "Girl No. 217"

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