Because I Was a Painter

2015

Because I Was a Painter

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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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  • 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.

    April 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.

    April 22, 2015 | Full Review…
  • The film is beautiful, of course...But it's trying to do more than that: In all of these cases, there's a sense of art working at its highest level, trying to grapple with the most profound of experiences.

    March 24, 2020 | 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.

    November 5, 2015 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • A documentary bearing witness through art to suffering and death in Nazi concentration camps.

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

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