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Shoah -- An epic documentary on the Holocaust featuring interviews with survivors, bystanders, and perpetrators in 14 countries.

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Claude Lanzmann's epic documentary recounts the story of the Holocaust through interviews with witnesses - perpetrators as well as survivors. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Simon Srebnik ... Himself
Michael Podchlebnik ... Himself
Motke Zaidl ... Himself
Hanna Zaidl ... Herself
Jan Piwonski ... Himself
Itzhak Dugin ... Himself
Richard Glazer ... Himself
Paula Biren ... Herself
Pana Pietyra ... Herself
Pan Filipowicz ... Himself
Pan Falborski ... Himself
Abraham Bomba ... Himself
Czeslaw Borowi ... Himself
Henrik Gawkowski ... Himself
Rudolf Vrba ... Himself
Inge Deutschkron ... Herself
Franz Suchomel ... Himself
Filip Müller ... Himself
Joseph Oberhauser ... Himself
Anton Spiess ... Himself
Raul Hilberg ... Himself
Franz Schaliing ... Himself
Martha Michelsohn ... Herself

Claude Lanzmann ... Himself / Interviewer
Moshe Mordo ... Himself
Armando Aaron ... Himself
Walter Stier ... Himself
Ruth Elias ... Herself
Jan Karski ... Himself
Franz Grassler ... Himself
Gertude Schneider ... Herself
Itzhak Zuckermann ... Himself
Simha Rotem ... Himself

Directed by
Claude Lanzmann 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Claude Lanzmann 

Cinematography by
Dominique Chapuis 
Jimmy Glasberg 
Phil Gries (documentary segments)
William Lubtchansky 
 
Film Editing by
Ziva Postec 
Anna Ruiz (for one of the Treblinka sequences)
 
Production Management
Séverine Olivier-Lacamp .... production manager
Stella Quef .... production manager (as Stella Gregozz-Quef)
 
Sound Department
Bernard Aubouy .... sound engineer
Danielle Fillios .... sound editor
Anne-Marie Lhote .... sound editor (as Anne-Marie L'Hôte)
Michel Vionnet .... sound engineer
 
Visual Effects by
Philippe Tourret .... restoration coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Daniel Bernard .... gaffer
Caroline Champetier .... assistant camera (as Caroline Champetier de Ribes)
Jean-Yves Escoffier .... assistant camera
Slavek Olczyk .... assistant camera
Andrés Silvart .... assistant camera
 
Editorial Department
Geneviève de Gouvion Saint-Cyr .... assistant editor
Bénédicte Mallet .... assistant editor
Yael Perlov .... assistant editor
Christine Simonot .... assistant editor
Catherine Trouillet .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Mrs. Apflebaum .... interpreter: Yiddish
Corinna Coulmas .... assistant to director
Brigitte Faure .... production accountant
Barbra Janica .... interpreter: Poland
Francine Kaufmann .... interpreter: Hebrew
Iréne Steinfeldt-Levi .... assistant to director
 

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566 min
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With a running length exceeding 9 hours, this is the longest film listed in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die, the book series edited by Steven Jay Schneider.See more »
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Claude Lanzmann:Yes, but do you know how many people died in the ghetto each month in 1941?
Franz Grassler:I don't know now, if I ever knew.
Claude Lanzmann:But you did know. There are exact figures.
Franz Grassler:I probably knew...
Claude Lanzmann:Yes. Five thousand a month.
Franz Grassler:Five thousand a month? Yes, well... That's a lot...
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39 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
Be prepared for a long haul, 22 December 2006
Author: tjantus from United States

It's nine and a half hours of travelogue footage and interviews with terribly ordinary middle-aged and senior citizens about events that happened a half-century ago.

Except that the sites visited are the scenes of the systematic mass murder of roughly 11 million men, women and children, including some 6 million Jews, and the ordinary grandparents are the survivors and perpetrators of some of the most horrendous atrocities that mankind has committed upon each other.

It is a terribly draining movie, hypnotic and disorienting, both in it's length and in the blandness, the matter-of-fact descriptions of things that would make a normal person scream in horror. And that is what is so amazingly important and meaningful about this film; that these were ordinary, average people. These were, and are, normal folks like you and me, and anybody, regardless of background, moral upbringing, and standards of decency can be caught up in circumstances beyond their power or experience, and can do the most depraved or heroic things imaginable. It is shocking, insightful, and a very,very important film that forces us to confront our own humanity and decide what that, in fact means.

But it's nine and a half hours long. Be prepared to be drained and leave with your head buzzing.

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