It Is No Dream: The Life of Theodor Herzl (2012)
Narrated by Sir Ben Kingsley and featuring Christoph Waltz as the voice of Theodor Herzl, the film examines how Herzl, a well known journalist and playwright, an assimilated Budapest born Jew, horrified by the Dreyfus trial in Paris and the anti-Semitism he saw spreading across Europe, took upon himself the task of attempting to create a Jewish homeland in Palestine against all odds. Over the span of 8 years, Herzl organized and led a worldwide political movement that within 50 years led to the establishment of the state of Israel. The film follows Herzl as he meets with Kings, Prime Ministers, Ambassadors, a Sultan, a Pope and government ministers from Constantinople to St. Petersburg, from Paris to Berlin, from Vienna to Vilna in his quest to build a Jewish nation. -- (C) Official Site … More
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Critic Reviews for It Is No Dream: The Life of Theodor Herzl
A blow by blow, thoroughly researched rendering of the Hungarian secular journalist's instrumental part in taking Zionism from the theoretical to the actual.
Richard Trank's film is sober, detailed, and handsomely mounted. Ben Kingsley narrates, to excellent effect.
An epic, even Biblical story, brought down to Ken Burns size in this lackluster telling.
Although director Trank is an Oscar winner for the documentary "The Long Way Home," some of the choices made here are awkward.
A straight-forward documentary about the life and work of the visionary known as the father of the modern state of Israel.
The bottom line is that Herzl was an absolutely fascinating man, and he proves to be a most compelling character this excellent film.
"It Is No Dream" satisfies neither as a movie nor as a history lesson.
Well-crafted doc offers a scholarly account of the birth of Herzl's Zionist movement.
Helmer Trank deserves kudos for trying to convey this complicated history with primary materials.
Offers at least one way to couch propaganda in a way that doesn't seem like the genuine article on the face of it.
The film doesn't exactly sizzle, but it does manage to provide a straightforward (if perspective-challenged) biographical sketch of a major historical figure.
This documentary of the life of Theodore Herzl is full of information and at the same time is disappointingly dry and un-engaging.
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