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A Film Unfinished (2010)
"Shtikat Haarchion" (original title)

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A film about an unfinished film which portrays the people behind and before the camera in the Warsaw Ghetto, exposing the extent of the cinematic manipulation forever changing the way we look at historic images.

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Hanna Avrutzki ...
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Luba Gewisser ...
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Jurek Plonski ...
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Aliza Vitis-Shomron ...
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Shula Zeder ...
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Janusz Hamerszmit ...
Adam Czerniakow (voice)
Eliezer Niborski ...
Dr. Emanuel Ringelblum (voice)
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Chaim Kaplan / Ben Shem (voice)
Mendy Cahan ...
Abraham Lewin / Hersh Waser (voice)
Hava Alberstein ...
Rachel Auerbach (voice)
Gera Sandler ...
Jonas Turkow (voice)
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Yael Hersonski's powerful documentary achieves a remarkable feat through its penetrating look at another film-the now-infamous Nazi-produced film about the Warsaw Ghetto. Discovered after the war, the unfinished work, with no soundtrack, quickly became a resource for historians seeking an authentic record, despite its elaborate propagandistic construction. The later discovery of a long-missing reel complicated earlier readings, showing the manipulations of camera crews in these "everyday" scenes. Well-heeled Jews attending elegant dinners and theatricals (while callously stepping over the dead bodies of compatriots) now appeared as unwilling, but complicit, actors, alternately fearful and in denial of their looming fate. Written by Sundance Film Festival

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In 1942 The Nazi Propaganda Machine Was Hard at Work. 70 Years Later, The Deceit is Finally Unmasked


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$34,060 (USA) (20 August 2010)

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$311,542 (USA) (12 November 2010)
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Propaganda is right...
9 May 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It just seems strange to me. This film was supposedly found at war's end, yet nobody ever heard of it until this mensch just happens to stumble across it somewhere and immediately recognizes that it's a propaganda film (he would know). Of course, now we can safely ignore all the photos and films of well-to-do Jews oblivious to the poverty of their neighbors- any time you see a Jew do anything heartless or callous or evil or negative in any way, it's obviously just staged propaganda made to make them look bad. How fortunate that this film was 'discovered', otherwise we would have to believe that us Jews are just like everyone else, that our merchants are as greedy as Gentile merchants, that our wealthy can be just as disconnected and heartless as any other religion's wealthy. If not for this film, we might think that Jews are somehow less than perfect and actually capable of fault!

And to answer this nonsense:

"The Nazi presentation would pretend to show that the Jews were obviously unwilling to let go of one organizing principle no matter how bad things got, that organizing principle is capitalism. Remember, Nazi is National Socialism. And, Hitler had his own brand of "social justice", to wit, to return to Germans that which had been taken from them by the allegedly reprobate capitalist Jews."

Nazi Germany was not socialist, it was fascist. Fascism is state capitalism. At least they didn't forbid American capitalists from selling them weapons throughout the entire war. Google Bush trading with the enemy. Capitalists put profits above EVERYTHING- whether they happen to be Jewish or not makes no difference.


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