Because I Was a Painter


Because I Was a Painter (2015)



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In 1945, when the Allies liberated the concentration camps, they discovered thousands of secretly created artworks. These drawings, hidden from the Nazis, offer an unparalleled understanding of life in the camps. Featuring interviews with surviving artists, curators, as well as recently uncovered evidence, this fascinating documentary considers the ability of art to capture, reflect and survive under unimaginable conditions. (C) Cinema Guild

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All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3)

The drawings, mostly portraits of great grief, are extraordinary both as documents and as works of art.

May 1, 2015 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

"Because I Was a Painter" maintains a funereal rhythm, alternating images of artworks with long-distance views of camp barracks as they are today, the camera moving slowly and stealthily.

Apr 23, 2015 | Full Review…

[It] represents a break from the rigorous historical work typically associated with documentaries about the Holocaust, and its open-ended nature is a fitting analogue to ongoing questions about testimony and healing.

Apr 22, 2015 | Full Review…

There have been numerous documentaries about the Holocaust, but this one shows the event from the viewpoint of those who were killed in the gas chambers and destroyed in the crematoriums, as well as those who survived the concentration camps.

Nov 5, 2015 | Rating: B | Full Review…

A documentary bearing witness through art to suffering and death in Nazi concentration camps.

Apr 24, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

There is beauty here. Whether or not it's appropriate to the subject matter, it's here.

Apr 23, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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