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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
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 »
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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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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