Into The Arms Of Strangers - Stories Of The Kindertransport (2000)
Critic Consensus: Although it appears to be nothing more than a "talking heads" documentary you may see on TV, Into the Arms of Strangers, nonetheless, tells a heart-wrenching story.
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Critic Reviews for Into The Arms Of Strangers - Stories Of The Kindertransport
At its best, the film gives a human face to stories of unimaginable suffering and unexpected triumph.
As recorded history, Into the Arms of Strangers, is indispensable. As a piece of documentary filmmaking, it's no more inventive than scads of talking-head missives that appear on cable TV every evening.
It's an incredibly moving film, alternately infuriating and heartbreaking -- often both.
As well made and meticulously researched as we have come to expect from such pristine educational projects, enhanced with impressive archival footage and stills, heightened by carefully chosen music and sound, and elevated by properly dignified narration.
Students of both the dark and bright side of human nature cannot afford to miss it.
Audience Reviews for Into The Arms Of Strangers - Stories Of The Kindertransport
A well laid out documentary that is aided tremendously by the heart felt stories that we hear from children who never ended up going home. Very moving.
The subject matter and archival footage is quite interesting, as are the personal tales of the now-elderly survivors. As an educational film, this is great stuff. As a documentary, however, it gets rather tedious an repetitious. Essentially, it's two hours of alternating period black-and-white footage alternating with interviews. The bare-bones style ultimately takes away from the narrative, and the individual and varying stories of the survivors are interspersed to the point that it will become difficult to keep the separate from one another without actively taking notes. Note that the synopsis given on Flixster is completely incorrect. To learn more about this important collection, please see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Into_the_Arms_of_Strangers:_Stories_of_the_Kindertransport
Nearly 1,500,000 children were killed in the holocaust. These are the first hand accounts of a few that survived thanks to an English refugee program known as the Kindertransport. A fascinating but incredibly sad documentary that chronicles yet another segment of Hitler's horrific legacy.
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