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The artificial look of the added footage, counterpointed by the commentary of inmates and survivors, only underscores the unending shock of the film's unadulterated images, even though we have seen them in other Shoah documentaries.
The movie feels both ill-advised with its Errol Morris-like recreations of those German filmmakers who were commissioned to make an anti-Semitic "documentary" and absolutely necessary as it examines Hitler's insecurity about his own decisions.
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.
It stands as a unique film-within-a-film, of significance for the historical value of the raw images, the memories they spur and internal evidence of how the Nazis staged scenes long assumed to be real.
That Hersonski's grandmother was a Warsaw Ghetto survivor gives her film a deeply personal edge. That she coolly and convincingly extracts truth from propaganda makes her truly revelatory A Film Unfinished all the more important and compelling.