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Shoah (1985)

Not Rated | | Documentary, History, War | November 1985 (USA)
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Claude Lanzmann's epic documentary recounts the story of the Holocaust through interviews with witnesses - perpetrators as well as survivors.

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Jan Piwonski ...
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Itzhak Dugin ...
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Richard Glazar ...
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Paula Biren ...
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Helena Pietyra ...
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Pan Filipowicz ...
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Pan Falborski ...
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Abraham Bomba ...
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Claude Lanzmann directed this 9 1/2 hour documentary of the Holocaust without using a single frame of archive footage. He interviews survivors, witnesses, and ex-Nazis (whom he had to film secretly since they only agreed to be interviewed by audio). His style of interviewing by asking for the most minute details is effective at adding up these details to give a horrifying portrait of the events of Nazi genocide. He also shows, or rather lets some of his subjects themselves show, that the anti-Semitism that caused 6 million Jews to die in the Holocaust is still alive and well in many people who still live in Germany, Poland, and elsewhere. Written by Gene Volovich <volovich@netcom.com>

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$2,874 (USA) (10 December 2010)

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$15,642 (USA) (31 December 2010)
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The prestigious Criterion Collection released Shoah (1985) in 2013 on BluRay. The edition is based on a restored 4K digital film transfer of the original 16mm negative and features the uncompressed monaural soundtrack. It was approved by director Claude Lanzmann. See more »

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Srebnik and Podchlebnik were not the only Jewish survivors of the Chelmno Extermination Camp. Today we know at least 9 by name, but not all survived WWII and/or gave testimonies. Lanzmann probably didn't know then. See more »

Quotes

Claude Lanzmann: You don't remember those days?
Franz Grassler: Not much. I recall more clearly my pre-war mountaineering trips than the entire war period and those days in Warsaw. All, in all, those were bad times. It's a fact we tend to forget, thank God, the bad times more easily than the good. The bad times are repressed.
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Followed by Un vivant qui passe (1999) See more »

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Performed by Peter Alexander (uncredited)
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Beyond belief
27 September 2002 | by (new hampshire) – See all my reviews

This documentary tells the story of the Holocaust from a particularly human and "everyman" viewpoint. Claude Lanzmann realized that the victims of this horror were gradually dying off and took the initiative to search out the innocents who had these hidious tattoos on their arms and just talk to them. Not all wanted to be a part of the picture, but Lanzmann had a very unique ability to coax and sometimes browbeat the experiences out of these ordinary people who were subjected to unspeakable horrors. This is a long and extremely painful film to watch. Make no mistake. At the end is a better understanding of man's capacity for cruelty to his fellow man. I believe that is what Lanzmann wanted to pass down to the coming generations.


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