• Shoah
    2 minutes 9 seconds
    Added: Dec 1, 2010


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Shoah Reviews

Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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With his 9 1/2-hour Shoah, Claude Lanzmann has accomplished the seemingly impossible: He has brought such beauty to his recounting of the horror of the Holocaust that he has made it accessible and comprehensible.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times

June 3, 2014
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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By straightforwardly presenting interviews with people who lived through the Holocaust, Lanzmann makes it real again. Even more impressively, he helps us to see how the horror could have happened.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 4/4

June 3, 2014
Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
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Shoah is the greatest use of film in motion picture history, taking movies to their highest moral value. For what director/interviewer Lanzmann has done on film is nothing less than revive history, a history so ugly that many would prefer to forget.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 4/4

June 3, 2014
Richard Brody
New Yorker
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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.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

March 19, 2012
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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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.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 20, 2011
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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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.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

January 14, 2011
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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At a time when the few remaining witnesses to the Holocaust are passing away, Shoah more than ever stands as a necessary experience.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: A

January 14, 2011
David Fear
Time Out New York
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Lanzmann slowly, cumulatively colors in a vast canvas on mass murder.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 5/5

December 8, 2010
Nigel Floyd
Time Out
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The effect is relentless and cumulative.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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There is no proper response to this film. It is an enormous fact, a 550-minute howl of pain and anger in the face of genocide. It is one of the noblest films ever made.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

January 1, 2000
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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More than a treatment of a great subject, the film itself is a great achievement in form.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

January 1, 2000
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