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Four Seasons Lodge (2008)

| Documentary | 2008 (USA)
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From the darkness of Hitler's Europe to the mountains of the Catskills, Four Seasons Lodge follows a community of Holocaust survivors who come together each summer to dance, cook, fight and flirt-and celebrate their survival.

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From the darkness of Hitler's Europe to the lush mountains of New York's Catskills, Four Seasons Lodge follows a community of Holocaust survivors who come together each summer at their beloved bungalow colony to dance, cook, fight and flirt - and celebrate their survival. Beautifully photographed by a team of cinematographers led by Albert Maysles (Gimme Shelter, Grey Gardens), this unexpectedly funny film confronts sobering topics like aging, loss and the legacy of the Holocaust, capturing the Lodgers' intoxicating passion for life as the fate of their colony hangs in the balance. Written by FRF

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Survival Was Just the Beginning

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$11,667 (USA) (13 November 2009)

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$57,376 (USA) (16 April 2010)
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scottdav60's review: misunderstanding, obtuseness, or bad intentions?
13 January 2016 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

This is not a drama but a documentary slice of life from the latter years of ordinary people who are celebrating together their survival of one the worst tragedies in history.

What kind of photography did you expect - avant-garde, intended for the Cannes Film Festival? Gimme a break!

The testimonials are incidental to the intent of the film. They are part of it but not the main reason for it.

What kind of scholarly thought are you referring to? This shows a total lack of understanding of the movie. It was NOT made as a contribution to the already sizable archive of survivors' testimonials. It wanted to present a an event in the lives of these people that had been re-enacted for a few decades.

Why does a documentary filmmaker choose any individual or group of people? Because he/she believes they will make for an interesting story that hasn't been told before or wants to make it in his/her own way. Who should he have chosen in your view? There are hardly any survivors left.

The movie wasn't intended to be a revelation of any kind. Everything you said is mean-spirited and makes one wonder whether you had ulterior motives in panning it.

No, this documentary is not a tour de force work of art, but it is not anything that you're claiming it is either. Seems to me you're a frustrated amateur film critic that doesn't even have a good command of English. I truly doubt that you have any Holocaust survivor relatives.


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