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Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust Reviews

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Phil Hall
Film Threat
January 16, 2009
Deserves merit for detailing a painful subject with maturity and intelligence
| Original Score: 3/5
Nora Lee Mandel
January 13, 2009
Noteworthy for clips from less familiar films and newsreels, and interviews with creative participants in groundbreaking films.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Daily News
April 4, 2008
Originally made for AMC, its solid collection of clips does illustrate one salient point: Depicting evil poorly is a sin unto itself.
| Original Score: 3/4
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
April 3, 2008
Some of the speakers are a bit too self-congratulatory, but the film is still hugely informative.
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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
February 7, 2008
Imaginary Witness is powerful and complex, and few will manage to make it through to the end without gasping, weeping or covering their eyes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
January 18, 2008
Anker's film is an important one, shining a light on that red stain and how we saw it filtered through Hollywood's lens.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
January 17, 2008
Sheds light on the paradoxes and political maneuvering that went on in the studios.
Full Review | Original Score: b
Eric Monder
Film Journal International
January 11, 2008
Falls into the some of the same traps as the films it politely criticizes.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
January 4, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ken Fox
TV Guide
December 26, 2007
Daniel Anker's 90-minute documentary takes on over 60 years of a very complex subject: Hollywood's complicated, often contradictory relationship with Nazi Germany and the Holocaust.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Noel Murray
AV Club
December 26, 2007
Imaginary Witness works fine as an illustrated history, but the material could've supported something more probing and provocative.
| Original Score: B-
Harvey S. Karten
December 25, 2007
Uses an ample supply of clips from dozens of films to shows how Hollywood at first declined to portray the horrors of the Holocaust before going all-out to graphically exhibit the dimensions of evil.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Paul Schrodt
Slant Magazine
December 22, 2007
The most dispassionate account of the Holocaust in the last 20 years.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
December 18, 2007
Anker's excavated some remarkable stuff here...
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
December 13, 2007
This solid, clip-heavy history of Hollywood's narrative efforts pushes past sobriety to arrive at some tough ideas.
| Original Score: 4/6
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
March 26, 2005
A dash of cold water for both the movie industry and the public.
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