Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust (2004)
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Critic Reviews for Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust
Imaginary Witness is powerful and complex, and few will manage to make it through to the end without gasping, weeping or covering their eyes.
Anker's film is an important one, shining a light on that red stain and how we saw it filtered through Hollywood's lens.
Daniel Anker's film faults Hollywood both for ignoring the Holocaust during the war years and for trivializing it later. It's a mixed message that coheres largely thanks to Anker's archival spadework and his luck in securing interviews.
Imaginary Witness works fine as an illustrated history, but the material could've supported something more probing and provocative.
Anker's excavated some remarkable stuff here...
This solid, clip-heavy history of Hollywood's narrative efforts pushes past sobriety to arrive at some tough ideas.
Audience Reviews for Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust
I study the role music plays in our lives, so it was interesting to see the ties between Hollywood, the US, and the Holocaust.
This is an excellent documentary, which depicts the Holocaust through Hollywood movies and television. Especially interesting is Hollywood's anemic reaction to Hitler's rise to power during the 30s, which shows how afraid Hollywood moguls were to offend Nazi Germany before America's entry into the war. The film clips of the Holocaust shown through movies is brilliantly depicted, and the commentary from historians and movie makers explains the evolution of how Hollywood movies became more honest and open in showing this horrible chapter in human history. Very interesting film.
An in-depth look at how Hollywood has portrayed the Holocaust, from Confessions of a Nazi Spy and Black Legion to Schindler's List and The Pianist. Insightful and revealing.
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