Written by Israel Becker, this is the first feature film to represent the Holocaust from a Jewish perspective. Shot on location at Landsberg, the largest DP camp in U.S.-occupied Germany, ... See full summary »
Written by Israel Becker, this is the first feature film to represent the Holocaust from a Jewish perspective. Shot on location at Landsberg, the largest DP camp in U.S.-occupied Germany, and mixing neorealist and expressionist styles, the film follows a Polish Jew and his family from pre-war Warsaw through Auschwitz and the DP camps. Written by
National Center for Jewish Film
This movie was obviously a labour of love for its relatively unknown creators, crew and cast. There were no compromises taken in an attempt to make it more commercially acceptable. At that time, 1948, the movie going audience was not looking for anything outside of its collective comfort zone. Hence a movie without any English, a cast without a draw-card, plus a subject matter that did no favours for the victorious Allies, this was made for only select few.
Luckily this movie has not disappeared totally, despite its limitations.
The story and portrayals are earnest to the point of overly intense, but these people were all about making a statement, and this they did. The use of a sledge hammer could have been avoided, but I do not believe that they wanted to soften their message in any way whatsoever.
So if you can find it, watch this movie, experience the little talked about post WW2 frustrations from a different point of view.
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