4 items from 2012
Robert H Jackson, a justice of the Us Supreme Court and the chief American prosecutor at the 1945-46 war crimes tribunal, had the brilliant idea of confronting the 22 top Nazis on trial in Nuremberg with newsreels and other evidence of their atrocities and then capturing the proceedings on film. The result was this fair-minded, devastating and unforgettable documentary, completed in 1948, but for political reasons only shown in Germany. This carefully restored version is the first time it's been generally available and is as vital today as it was when Stuart Schulberg, a sergeant in John Ford's Office of Strategic Services film unit, first compiled it.
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- Philip French
Rock Of Ages (12A)
Doing for 1980s hair metal what Mamma Mia! did for Abba, this glossy musical gives you the broad pleasures of pantomime rather than rock'n'roll danger, with theatrical star turns and a playlist of power ballads hung around an archetypal tale of a smalltown girl and a wannabe rock star boy on La's Sunset Strip. You can stop believin' now.
Don De Lillo's prescient novella makes for a cool Manhattan odyssey, centred on Pattinson's jaded banker and the Occupy zeitgeist.
A Wire-like approach to a French child protection unit reaps dividends for this docu-style procedural.
Red Lights (15)
- Steve Rose
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Stuart Schulberg’s Nuremberg, originally released in 1948, is distinguished as the first documentary made about the Holocaust. While exhibited fairly extensively in Germany as part of the Allied De-Nazification initiative, it received little play elsewhere, and with the U.S. soon enough turning their attention to Cold War concerns, the film became something of an artefact.
Resurrected and restored by Schulberg’s daughter Sandra alongside Josh Waletzky – complete with both a new title and score, as well as strong re-recorded narration provided by Liev Schreiber – Nuremberg remains in its new form a harrowing but important contraction of the key beats which brought about some of World War 2’s most heinous acts.
Beginning with footage of a desolate, restless post-war Europe, Schulberg then transports us to the beginning of the Nuremberg trials, as footage recorded by and confiscated from Nazi soldiers – much of it appearing in this »
- Shaun Munro
A compact, conclusive primer on the criminality and rise of the Nazi party, Nuremberg: Its Lesson For Today, is actually a recovered documentary from 1948 written and directed by the late Stuart Schulberg (brother of Budd, the writer of On The Waterfront) that, though U.S.-sponsored, was never released in this country. Thought lost for many years, Schulberg’s daughter Sandra Schulberg and her fellow documentarian Josh Waletzky have now restored the film using a decent print that they discovered with the help of the German Bundesarchiv (Germany’s National Archive, headquartered in Berlin). Enlisting the vocal talents of actor Liev Schreiber, the narration has been re-recorded, this time in English and the result is an interesting documentary that combines footage of the trial of Hitler’s commanders who survived the war – Hermann Goering, Rudolf Hess, Julius Streicher, etc. with a concise flashback history of the rise and fall of the Nazi Party. »
- Tom Stockman
4 items from 2012
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