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Shoah is an astonishing film on a number of levels, starting with its own existence -- a documentary on a subject so horrendous, and horrific, that few potential filmgoers really want to think much about it, or the events related within. But Jewish-French filmmaker Claude Lanzmann took the plunge, head-first into his subject, in the hope that the audience would follow for 570 minutes. And as it turned out, Lanzmann's extreme approach to filmmaking was precisely the correct one to take in dealing
Nov 1, 1985 Wide
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[It] has transcended the cinema to become a primary record of the extermination of European Jews during the Second World War.
Why revisit "Shoah'' 25 years after it was first released? Because it matters more a quarter century on, just as it will matter even more in a hundred years, and 200, and - if it and we survive - a thousand.
the film's achievement is to show there are stories worth hearing, and ravaged, resilient faces that reward our scrutiny. The horror, the gallows humor, the shame and the heroism, the lessons of this holocaust -- and all others--have not been exhausted.
At a time when the few remaining witnesses to the Holocaust are passing away, Shoah more than ever stands as a necessary experience.
a magnificently disquieting experience--a harrowing descent into the depths of humanity's potential for unmitigated brutality, cruelty, and evil.
To see these places and events described by the voices and faces of those who lived through them is immensely important.
takes to task largely accepted concepts of what is known, what can be imagined, and how people relate to Hitler's mass extermination with an unrivaled formal insight.
Viewing "Shoah" today proves that the Holocaust is not a discrete event, but rather an ongoing public narrative in which the movie continues to play a crucial part.
'Shoah' is difficult to watch, but few other films match its consideration of unspeakable evil and indifference.
The chief success of the film...is to remove the Holocaust from its comfortably horrifying place in history, and restore a human face to the atrocities.
In his seminal Holocaust documentary, which runs over 9 hours, Lanzmann doesn't use archival footage, only interviews with survivors and Nazi officers. He does something fascinating, placing his aggressive presence center-stage, not to be ignored.
Lanzmann's project is so vast and so meticulous as to render any criticism, positive or negative, irrelevant.
Lazmann's 9 1/2 hour labor of love equals The Triumph Of The Will for its [historical] importance
It is impossible not to change a little bit after watching all 9 1/2 hours of Shoah.
The film is undeniably tough going, but by looking into the hearts of the people that experienced the atrocities, it gets at the heart of the horror itself.
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