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A Film Unfinished Reviews

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Chris Chang
Film Comment Magazine
November 13, 2013
a new and uniquely disturbing perspective on the Shoah
Emanuel Levy
September 9, 2012
Riveting, scary, and significant, Film Unfinished contrasts invaluable footage of agit-prop Nazi feature with the reaction of Warsaw Gehtto survivors to that footage and testimonies of the real life thee.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Brandon Judell
March 22, 2011
Painful, eye-opening, and extraordinarily necessary to view, especially by the young to whom the Holocaust is nowadays too abstract a notion to fully mentally envision in all of its grotesqueness
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Mike Scott
March 18, 2011
A heartbreaking but engrossing detective story that not only shines a light on Nazi evil but on the manipulative prowess of the Third Reich.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Sean Axmaker
Parallax View
March 10, 2011
The more it strips itself to the evidence... the more devastating and affecting the portrait becomes.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 3, 2011
An electrifying essay on film's ability to falsify history.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Cliff Doerksen
Chicago Reader
January 4, 2011
Filmmaker Yael Hersonski reshapes the impossibly vile and tragic source material into a devastating record of Nazi criminality.
Elias Savada
Film Threat
December 13, 2010
...a very powerful documentary and first feature by Yael Hersonski.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Keith Cohen
Entertainment Spectrum
December 11, 2010
Hersonski brings something both old and new to the table with this powerful 89-minute documentary. Other strengths are the well-written narration read by Rona Keenan and the haunting original music of composer Yishai Adar.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
December 10, 2010
A Film Unfinished is a sort of ghost story. It's guaranteed to haunt you.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Louis Proyect
December 6, 2010
Examination of Nazi inhumanity by an Israeli director on record as opposing Zionist inhumanity.
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
December 3, 2010
It's impossible to watch A Film Unfinished and not feel haunted by the restless ghosts of history and those who tried -- and failed -- to use film to tell a lie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
December 3, 2010
...analysis, clarification and a counterbalancing - if not outright refutation - of the persistent, nasty myth of Jewish collaboration in the Holocaust.
Full Review | Original Score: 89/100
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
December 2, 2010
Yael Hersonski's documentary is infuriating, heartbreaking, devastating -- and scary. It depicts a lie upon a lie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 24, 2010
Yael Hersonski's A Film Unfinished reclaims history, teaches a lesson about the reliability of images and raises unanswerable questions about complicity.
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
November 11, 2010
Moviegoers have witnessed dozens of depictions of these events over the years, but here we can see what it's like to view them with the eyes of real experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
November 5, 2010
A searing expose of the brutality of the Nazi regime ironically made by the perpetrators themselves, and a subtle examination of the process and purpose that lay behind it.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
November 5, 2010
The title also refers to Hersonski's own picture, part of a continuing saga that will never be finished as long as there are more Holocaust stories to expose.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
November 4, 2010
A remarkable new documentary that reminds us of film's inherent capacity for lying.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
November 4, 2010
A Film Unfinished reminds you that the nightmare of the Holocaust knows no limits.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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