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Stalags

Stalags (2008)

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In this documentary exploring the popularity of pornographic pocketbooks featuring tales of insatiable female SS soldiers sexually abusing prison camp detainees, filmmaker Ari Libsker highlights how the highly publicized Eichmann trial effected the once-skyrocketing sales of these lurid novelettes. In the aftermath of the trial, the authors responsible for these works were accused of penning anti-Semitic pornography. Now, for the first time on film, viewers are invited to meet the very writers

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All Critics (12) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (6)

The Israeli documentary Stalags, by Ari Libsker, should be subtitled, How To Turn a Sexy Subject Into a Boring Film.

April 9, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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Stalags carries this line of inquiry forward, cramming an overwhelming amount of information and ideas into its 63 minutes -- not nearly enough time to explore satisfactorily all that it raises.

April 9, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Unfortunately, Ari Libsker's hour-plus docu on this potentially mind-boggling topic meanders disconnectedly, as various experts, collectors and storytellers kick around anecdotes and theories that tend to cancel each other out.

April 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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However artless its presentation, Stalags imparts material that's difficult to shake off and impossible to dismiss.

April 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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Empowerment fantasies of a decimated and injured race, a kind of post-traumatic Jewish mother syndrome, or a bit of both? The film mulls these strange notions of the politics of pornography, that would have likely sent Freud's mind into a tailspin.

April 16, 2008 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze
NewsBlaze

A chilling expose' which shows how Holocaust internees have been victimized twice, violated again by purveyors of smut who would stoop so low as to fabricate a pack of sadomasochistic lies for a quick buck.

April 16, 2008 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze
NewsBlaze

Never less than enthusiastically fascinating

April 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

At once too short to truly delve into the themes it brings up, as well as too long.

April 9, 2008 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

[Director] Libsker rightfully questions how sex and sadism have become the distorting lens through which we think about the Holocaust.

April 9, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Press
New York Press

Libsker's documentary not only explores the roots of the Stalags and the means by which they were produced and sold, but even does a little detective work into the identities of the authors themselves.

April 9, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

'Stalags' refuses to confront firmly the fine line at which individual or collective memory cannot distinguish myth from reality.

April 8, 2008 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Ari Libsker's film details how books like I Was Colonel Schultz's Private Bitch luridly conflated sex and violence.

April 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

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