In a Polish shtetl, two young men who have grown up together betrothe their unborn children, ignoring the advice of a mysterious traveler not to pledge the lives of future generations. Soon... See full summary »
Martha Weiss, a Jew, is sent to Auschwitz concentration camp with her family. On the first day of their arrival Martha is, by a coincidence, chosen as an interpreter, but her entire family ... See full summary »
An explorer visits what appears to be the ruins of a gothic cathedral. There seem to be some strange statues, though, whose faces follow him as he makes his way to the end; the sun comes out, and he stops at the edge of a cliff.
A man hops off a train by the small town where he claims he was before. His presence allows to bring out the inner feelings and beliefs of the inhabitants. A man who has hidden through all ... See full summary »
At the turn of the century, Lodz, Poland was a quick-paced manufacturing center for textiles, replete with cutthroat industrialists and unsafe working conditions. Three young friends, a ... See full summary »
I saw this documentary about the Lodz ghetto several years ago and never forgot it. The film is mostly still photographs that were shot by the chief accountant at the ghetto. He shot the amateur photos with a camera he confiscated off of a Jewish resident. Juxtaposed against these photos of the daily life in the ghetto are an interview with the (Polish?) doctor who was assigned there as well as copious notes kept by the accountant. What is striking about this film is the character of the accountant/photographer and his German cronies that comes out between these photos, taken calmly and seemingly with no emotion towards what they depict, and his notes... which are detailed to the point of noting the praise for a German soldier who uses only one bullet to kill a young boy caught stealing an apple. The demeanor of the accountant/photographer as it come out through his official and unofficial notes is quite chilling.
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