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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 
 
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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
 
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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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280 min | 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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Franz Suchomel:If you lie enough, you believe your own lies.See more »
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32 out of 50 people found the following review useful.
The monopoly on the Holocaust, 6 December 2005
Author: beckerb from United States

I haven't much to say that hasn't already been said about Shoah. It is certainly a powerful film, and as far as I'm concerned, its experiment succeeds. Its very ontology begs the question of the power of the "kino-eye." If we are to compare it to, say, Schindler's List or, better, since it is non-fiction, Resnais' Nuit et Brouillard, we ask, can the film be as powerful when none of the "real" footage is used? Shoah might succeed merely because of its length, but one could perfectly well argue that it fails. There is nothing wrong with finding this film excruciatingly boring, particularly if one does not consider the experiment a success. For this reason, I disagree with the review of the film that says people should not post if they didn't like the film. One does not, for one thing, "know what they are getting into" necessarily, because the film is experimental in nature. Also, the claim that the film is too long is partly justified by the fact that it is a commercial film, i.e., distributed for viewing. If one does not like it, this is no doubt partially the fault of Lanzmann and the way the Holocaust is presented as something "you must feel bad about." Any sense of dislike or distaste does not make a viewer insensitive or cruelly apathetic in any way.

It is also possible to be turned off by Lanzmann himself. I've always found that an "objective" documentary is nearly an oxymoron, but Lanzmann, if this is what he is trying, fails miserably at objectivity. When he interviews the guards of the camps, he is aggressive and often interrupts what they are saying. There are two (or three, I can't remember) who ask that their names and faces do not be revealed. Lanzmann does both, the latter by sneaking in a secret camera. The guilt of these guards speaks for itself, but Lanzmann seems to be more interested in telling them what to feel, and recounting to them their own stories rather than merely letting them speak. And the hidden camera thing seems to me little more than an immature fetish.

More generally, I feel somewhat uneasy about the fact that Lanzmann has made his entire career by marketing the Holocaust. Each of his films recounts it in some way or another, and treating the tragedy as a commodity has some consequences which do not put the director in a positive light. Also, he seems to ignore the fact that less than half of those killed in the Holocaust were Jews. The film's title, Hebrew for "annihilation" or "holocaust," obviously implies that it is the story of the Jewish plight. Still, if it is an attempt at absolute realism on Lanzmann's part, it is, in a sense, somewhat reductive to refer to it this way. This, naturally, is a more general criticism about teaching the Holocaust, but I think it an apt criticism of Lanzmann, who I suppose we could call the "part owner" of the Holocaust market.

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