Primo Levi's Journey (La Strada di Levi) (2006)
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Primo Levi's harrowing memoir If This Is a Man appeared in the U.S. in 1959 as Survival in Auschwitz; historians now regard it as the most critically important written conveyance of the horrors within the Nazi concentration camps. But the account in that text only represents half of Levi's story. The other half began after his release from Auschwitz. Instead of simply returning to his native Turin, Levi and 600 others were forcibly shipped east -- thousands of miles away from their homes. Thus
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Italian documentary filmmaker Davide Ferrario, who specializes in what he calls "on the road" documentaries, decided to retrace Primo Levi's steps in modern Europe. It was a wise choice.
Primo Levi's Journey is a rather unfocused but ultimately provocative portrait of Eastern Europe.
The film lacks a certain coherence, and Levi -- one of Italy's most important postwar writers -- is mostly relegated to an excuse for a sociopolitical travelogue.
Vividly impressionistic and delightfully curious.
A profound meditation on the unevenness of history, reminding us -- as Faulkner once remarked -- that the past not only isn't dead, it isn't really past at all.
Primo Levi's Journey is almost willfully opaque about the actual circumstances of Primo Levi's journey. Who exactly was this man we're meant to be paying homage to, and why did it take him so long to get home?
It's told in such a messy and questionable way to unintentionally diminish Levi's more striking and dark tale.
If some of its connections remain obscure, its storytelling is both sinuous and resounding. History, memory, forgetfulness%u2014all comprise the present.
If one artist is deserving of a documentary account of his story, it's Italian author Primo Levi.
For filmgoers who value something fresh and original on the big screen, the documentary delivers.
Travelogue is exquisitely shot and the dark poetry of Levi's words, read at intervals throughout the film, is brought to haunting life by a suitably weary-sounding Chris Cooper.
A thoughtful and insightful Italian documentary that retraces writer Primo Levi's 1945 trip from Poland to Italy after he was liberated from Auschwitz; it contains a fascinating glimpse of post-communist Europe.
Even when Ferrario's observation of a country's distinct political anxiety is interestingly tied to one of Levi's philosophical musings about the self and the world, the film still radiates the aloofness of a dry academic lecture.
A sober, melancholy recreation of a journey that Primo Levi took mostly through Eastern Europe, after his liberation from Auschwitz.
Sensitive study of the journey taken by Primo Levi in the immediate aftermath of WWII. Mixes his own words with ordinary people whose lives have been turned upside down by the end of the USSR and Eastern European socialism. Makes subtle political points t
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- Le Voyage de Primo Levi (FR)