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A Film Unfinished Reviews

March 3, 2011
An electrifying essay on film's ability to falsify history.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 4, 2011
Filmmaker Yael Hersonski reshapes the impossibly vile and tragic source material into a devastating record of Nazi criminality.
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
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.
November 4, 2010
A remarkable new documentary that reminds us of film's inherent capacity for lying.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
November 4, 2010
A Film Unfinished reminds you that the nightmare of the Holocaust knows no limits.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 14, 2010
Discovered after the war, the film contains horrific images of starvation, poverty and humiliation, interspersed with surreal scenes of well-dressed Jews enjoying a restaurant dinner or an urban stroll.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 14, 2010
A Film Unfinished is a profoundly unnerving historical document.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
September 30, 2010
What we are left with is perhaps one of the most disturbing 60 minutes of raw footage ever put together.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 24, 2010
The result is a harrowing, unsettling journey -- a terribly moving document.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
September 24, 2010
A Film Unfinished may not be the strangest making-of documentary you've ever seen. It may, however, be the most affecting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 23, 2010
Hersonski not only dispels the big lie at the center of the Nazi footage but she ingeniously separates and identifies the many smaller lies and where they entwined with facts.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
September 10, 2010
It is a privileged experience to watch A Film Unfinished. There is no other historical document like it but, of course, its lasting value is as a human document.
Full Review | Original Score: A
August 19, 2010
A Film Unfinished is affecting as a rare document of a terrible place and time, and those who lived there.
Full Review | Original Score: B
August 19, 2010
There is only about an hour of it, but around it filmmaker Yael Hersonski has built a striking feature.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 19, 2010
Extremely unsettling and thought- provoking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 18, 2010
It will test your faith in humanity, but Hersonski's film is nonetheless a brilliant reminder of the importance of bearing witness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 18, 2010
Moving, mysterious and intellectually provocative, A Film Unfinished positions familiar Holocaust horrors (the R rating was unsuccessfully contested) within a philosophical commentary on the way we view images.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
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 16, 2010
It becomes a meditation on the dual nature of film, on a "reality" at once true and false, essential and tainted.
August 11, 2010
Hersonski quietly and insistently unravels reality from ''reality''; her commitment to archival authenticity is its own tribute to those no longer able to testify.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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.
July 6, 2010
Harrowing Nazi footage of the Warsaw ghetto is made to reveal more than its makers intended in this historically invaluable doc.