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August 19, 2010
Historical rather than cinematic, 'A Film Unfinished' is not entended to be entertainment.
August 18, 2010
Think what Hannah Arendt could have made of this footage? Typical of contemporary advocacy journalism, Hersonski doesn't know what to do with this outrageous material except show it.
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
September 23, 2010
What we're seeing isn't the aftermath of an extermination plot, as in the post-liberation concentration camp films, but the dehumanization process itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 22, 2010
A flawed but hard-to-shake doc of one of mankind's greatest acts of inhumanity
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
August 20, 2010
Hersonski has done Holocaust scholarship a great favor. Just when we thought there were no new twists to the story of the Warsaw Ghetto comes this documentary: focused, sorrowful and revelatory.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
August 17, 2010
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.
August 15, 2010
Yael Hersonski is no less a shrewd manipulator than the German directors she set out to expose.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 9, 2010
Though sad, solemn and respectful, there is also a joyous sense of justice that closes out Hersonski's remarkable movie.
October 15, 2010
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.
October 1, 2010
For serious Holocaust junkies only.
August 18, 2010
Powerful warning with universal message-movies lie. Without memory and context, we forget the truth and believe what we see. Meticulously detailed, overwhelmingly emotional.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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
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
August 19, 2010
What sets Hersonski's film apart from many other films on the Holocaust is its study of the Nazis themselves
| Original Score: 3.5/5
July 6, 2010
A film that not only oozes a harsh reality never before seen, but also reveals the all-too-easy "cinematic deception" of film, reminding us that image doesn't necessarily equal truth.
July 6, 2010
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.
August 15, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
August 26, 2010
The imperatives of history are manifold, and this film is among the most urgent of them.
Read More | Original Score: 9/10
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