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Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah (2015)

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Claude Lanzmann discusses the long and difficult process of researching, shooting, editing and presenting his groundbreaking and influential documentary Shoah (1985).

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Cast

Credited cast:
Claude Lanzmann ... Himself
Marcel Ophüls ... Himself
Stuart Liebmann Stuart Liebmann ... Himself - Author
Richard Brody Richard Brody ... Himself - Film critic
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Abraham Bomba Abraham Bomba ... Himself (archive footage)
Simone de Beauvoir ... Herself (archive footage)
Ruth Elias Ruth Elias ... Herself (archive footage)
Richard Glazar ... Himself (archive footage) (as Richard Glazer)
Jan Karski ... Himself (archive footage)
Hermann Landau Hermann Landau ... Himself (archive footage)
Filip Müller ... Himself (archive footage)
Tadeusz Pankiewicz Tadeusz Pankiewicz ... Himself (archive footage)
Michael Podchlebnik ... Himself (archive footage)
France Roche France Roche ... Herself (archive footage)
Jean-Paul Sartre ... Himself (archive footage)
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"Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah" begins by putting the eponymous journalist/filmmaker's monumental nine-and-a-half-hour documentary on the Holocaust, Shoah (1985), in a quick context with thoughts from the likes of film critic Richard Brody and director Marcel Ophuls. It then dives headlong into a study of its making, with Lanzmann recounting the great emotional toll the seven years of production and five years of editing had on him. It is at once a fascinating portrait of a man openly pessimistic about the world, and a unique distillation of a creative process that yielded one of the most powerful cinematic documents of our time. Written by Variety

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April 2015 (Canada) See more »

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Paris, France See more »

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1.78 : 1
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The archive footage shown is mostly from the outtakes of Shoah (1985). They are part of the 'Claude Lanzmann Shoah Collection' in the 'Steven Spielberg Film and Video Archive' of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. They are in the public domain now. See more »

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Claude Lanzmann, Himself: When I say that it took me 12 years to create this film, you need to have a very special relationship with time. I, one way, I said for me, time stopped. I don't know when. But something happened in my life which stopped the passing of time.
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The weakest of the Oscar-nominees.
13 February 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

After eleven years of work, filmmaker Claude Lanzmann finally released Shoah, the longest and most comprehensive documentary of the extermination of the Jews during World War II. At 10 hours in length, it's a real chore to watch but this film doesn't focus so much on his final product but on Lanzmann's personal efforts to get the film made. Very few clips from his epic film are shown but instead the film consists of interviews with Lanzmann and others as well as some never before shown footage Lanzmann secretly shot for Shoah but never actually used. You also learn about about Lanzmann's personal life and relationships...but only a bit. In many ways, the documentary was interesting but it left you feeling as if Lanzmann's story was still quite incomplete. The film was also the weakest of the nominees for Best Documentary Short.

UPDATE: "A Girl in the River" took the Oscar for Best Documentary Short.


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