A place: Theresienstadt. A unique place of propaganda which Adolf Eichmann called the "model ghetto", designed to mislead the world and Jewish people regarding its real nature, to be the ... See full summary »
A lonely widowed housewife does her daily chores, takes care of her apartment where she lives with her teenage son, and turns the occasional trick to make ends meet. However, something happens that changes her safe routine.
Plotting on a payment they are about to receive, residents of a collapsing collective farm see their plans turn into desolation when they discover that Irimiás, a former co-worker who they thought was dead, is coming back to the village.
Claude Lanzmann directed this 9 1/2 hour documentary of the Holocaust without using a single frame of archive footage. He interviews survivors, witnesses, and ex-Nazis (whom he had to film secretly since they only agreed to be interviewed by audio). His style of interviewing by asking for the most minute details is effective at adding up these details to give a horrifying portrait of the events of Nazi genocide. He also shows, or rather lets some of his subjects themselves show, that the anti-Semitism that caused 6 million Jews to die in the Holocaust is still alive and well in many people who still live in Germany, Poland, and elsewhere.Written by
Gene Volovich <email@example.com>
The Criterion Collection released Shoah (1985) in 2013 on BluRay. The edition is based on a restored 4K digital film transfer of the original 16mm negative and features the uncompressed monaural soundtrack. It was approved by director Claude Lanzmann. See more »
Srebnik and Podchlebnik were not the only Jewish survivors of the Chelmno Extermination Camp. Today we know at least 9 by name, but not all survived WWII and/or gave testimonies. Lanzmann probably didn't know then. See more »
I had been looking to view a copy of Shoah ever since Siskel and Ebert reviewed it in 1985. I finally found a copy (5 tapes) at my local video store. It was pretty much what I expected, but I have some problems with it. Did the director ever hear of editing? In a 9 and a half hour documentary, do we really need static shots of where concentration camps used to be that last minutes with no voiceover or anything? In my opinion, this film should have run no longer than 4 to 5 hours. As gripping as the material is, it started to seem like a chore to get through the whole thing.
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