The Zookeepers Wife by Diane AckermanWhen Germany invaded Poland, Stuka bombers devastated Warsaw—and the citys zoo along with it. With most of their animals dead, zookeepers Jan and Antonina Zabinski began smuggling Jews into empty cages. Another dozen guests hid inside the Zabinskis villa, emerging after dark for dinner, socializing, and, during rare moments of calm, piano concerts. Jan, active in the Polish resistance, kept ammunition buried in the elephant enclosure and stashed explosives in the animal hospital. Meanwhile, Antonina kept her unusual household afloat, caring for both its human and its animal inhabitants—otters, a badger, hyena pups, lynxes.With her exuberant prose and exquisite sensitivity to the natural world, Diane Ackerman engages us viscerally in the lives of the zoo animals, their keepers, and their hidden visitors. She shows us how Antonina refused to give in to the penetrating fear of discovery, keeping alive an atmosphere of play and innocence even as Europe crumbled around her.
Wish List. Rating: 3. The pair worked tirelessly to rescue as many animals and people as possible from the deadly dangers of the Nazi agenda. The Zabinskis' face the dangers of the Nazi invasion, but continge to hide people and animals from the soldiers that seek to do them harm within the zoo's gates. Similar DVD Releases Gifted imdb: 7.
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All the elements are lined up for a major prestige success, until the movie itself starts to roll. There are simply way too many moments like the howler cited above to recommend this without serious reservations. She rides her bike through the Warsaw zoo, feeding apples to hippopotamuses, a small camel trotting with her. Chastain goes all-in on her Polish accent, to the point of distraction. The movie works best, though, when director Caro keeps things dialogue-free.
The Zookeeper's Wife is a war drama film directed by Niki Caro , written by Angela Workman and based on Diane Ackerman 's non-fiction book of the same name. On September 1, , the aerial bombardment of Warsaw and Invasion of Poland commences. As Polish resistance collapses, Dr. He offers to house the prized animals until after the war, later returning with Nazi soldiers to shoot the rest. He develops a romantic interest in Antonina.