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

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With Age Comes Wisdom
14 February 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

With the countless number of quality documentaries dealing with survivors of the Holocaust,there's always room for another. In this case,it's Andrew Jacob's ever so fine meditation on old age,'Four Seasons Lodge'. The setting is a colony of bungalow's in the Catskill's that has seen better days (the grounds,as well as the bungalows show signs that much repairs are needed,overseen by the grounds keeper,himself in his 80's). The residents of the colony are all survivors of the Nazi occupation of Poland (with one exception,a woman,from Austria). The manager of the community,a survivor who claims he was experimented on by Dr.Josef Mengele,always seems to have his hands full with one thing or another,is worried that the colony is to be sold to the state of New York,for potential re-development. We get to see the daily going's on of the community,hear their stories of survival,and just live for each day in general. First time director Andrew Jacobs,directs from a scenario written in collaboration with Kim Connell. Veteran cinematographer,Albert Mayles ('Grey Gardens','Gimmie Shelter',and far too many other films to mention here)photographs with a flair for the great out of doors (we get to see the seasons via it's various weather changes,from snowy Winter,to pastoral Spring & idyllic Summer & Fall). The film,although sad at times,also is infused with life,from the perspective of those who have seen far too much death in their own lives for their own good. Spoken in heavily accented English,and Polish & Yiddish with English subtitles. Not rated by the MPAA,this film has occasional outbursts of rude language,some mild adult content (mostly in the way of a nightclub comic,mouthing some fairly racy material),and some harrowing testimonies of the ill treatment of Jews during the Holocaust


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