Shoah

Shoah

DVD - 2013
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Over a decade in the making, this monumental investigation of the unthinkable: the murder of more than six million Jews by the Nazis. Using no archival footage, Claude Lanzmann instead focuses on first-person testimonies (of survivors and former Nazis, and other witnesses), employing a circular, free-associative method in assembling them. The intellectual yet emotionally overwhelming SHOAH is not a film about excavating the past but an intensive portrait in which the past is always present.
Publisher: [New York] : Criterion Collection, [2013]
Edition: Director-approved six-DVD special ed
ISBN: 9781604657197
1604657197
Branch Call Number: 940.5318 S559L2
Characteristics: 6 videodiscs (566 min.) : sd., col., b&w ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Lanzmann, Claude

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DMRose
Jul 26, 2016

No doubt one of the most important documentaries to be produced in the 20th century. I could only manage to watch the first disc (2 hours) as I found it too upsetting, disturbing, sad, appalling, many words come to mind. Nonetheless it was necessary for someone to produce this tribute to the courage of the witnesses and to document the perpetrators on film. Bravo to Mr. Lanzmann, whose film and dedication is worthy of a Nobel Prize.

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1aa
Apr 06, 2016

At over nine hours for the film itself and over twelve if you include the extras, this requires of the viewer a far greater amount of attention, patience, and seriousness than what they might be used to giving. Its certainly a 'necessary' film for those interested in both history and film history. I highly recommend it.

brendancarlson Jun 12, 2014

One of the most amazing, as well as intellectually and emotionally exhausting documentaries I've ever seen.

ravenheart Jul 09, 2013

If for no other reason, everyone should watch this to see how the holocaust was actually carried out. The film does this via description by living witnesses, while often visiting the sites where these events occurred, not via stock wartime footage. I watched this over the course of several nights, as nearly all of the film contains subtitled back-and forth translations, and even though the subject matter is engaging, it becomes somewhat boring during extended viewing. (The only reason I didn't give this 5 stars was because of the tedious way the translations were handled.)

Not many people have a clear picture of how and where the holocaust was actually carried out, and we all should. Mass murder makes routine appearances throughout human history, and the Jewish certainly weren't the first or last to fall victims to it. The Nazis weren't just an aberration, and there were many, many people who fully supported what they did, as becomes very evident when you hear first-person accounts of the Polish actually cheering as the Jews were hauled to their deaths packed into train cars like cattle.

Individuals should never abdicate responsibility for their own personal defense to the police or military, because history shows us over and over what happens to groups of people who aren't equipped and prepared to defend themselves.

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dmblumeyer
Feb 10, 2015

dmblumeyer thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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