Escape to Life: The Erika and Klaus Mann Story

  • 10 10
  • 2001
  • 83min
Escape to Life: The Erika and Klaus Mann Story
  • Original Title: Escape to Life: The Erika and Klaus Mann Story

The voices of Vanessa Redgrave and Corin Redgrave narrate the lives of siblings Erika and Klaus Mann. Both gay, they made their way against the grain and under the legacy of their father, Thomas Mann.

Escape to Life: The Erika and Klaus Mann Story

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Escape to Life - The Erika and Klaus Mann Story

This film is the result of a remarkable pairing between fiction and non-fiction filmmakers Wieland Speck and Andrea Weiss. It depicts another remarkable relationship, between Erika and Klaus Mann, the brilliant eldest children of German author Thomas Mann.

The Manns claimed to be identical twins, despite being born more than a year apart and different genders. 

Living under the shadow of Hitler’s rise, Erika and Klaus were intellectuals, homosexuals, and pacifists who lived as exiles in their country. 

Erika was an actress whose satirical revues were censored throughout Europe. Klaus was a self-doubting writer whose banned novel, Mephisto, didn’t become a bestseller until long after his suicide.

Wieland Speck
Wieland Speck Director
Andrea Weiss
Andrea Weiss Director

Production Companies

Jezebel Productions (II)

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