Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust Reviews
Powerful and thought provoking.
Imaginary Witness is an overview of films made during and after the second world war that relate or perhaps fabricate and other times misstep fiction from truth. The documentator's goal was simple, seed out Hollywoods censorship, and propraganda. For me all it did was tell me what i already knew and what little Americans still don't know. My grandmother was born and raised in Germany during WW2, her stories alone would have made for a better summerization!
What is more difficult with the film is to determine the intended message of the filmmaker... does he want us to be angry about how the subject was avoided or at how the mediums inherently trivialize the subject? I'm not sure he knows - and that indecision undercuts some of what he's trying to do. I know that some will see it as being an even-handed documentary filmmaker - but it makes some portions of the film tentative.