It Is No Dream: The Life of Theodor Herzl (2012)

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Narrated by Sir Ben Kingsley and featuring Christoph Waltz as the voice of Theodor Herzl, the film examines how Herzl, a well known journalist and playwright, an assimilated Budapest born Jew, horrified by the Dreyfus trial in Paris and the anti-Semitism he saw spreading across Europe, took upon himself the task of attempting to create a Jewish homeland in Palestine against all odds. Over the span of 8 years, Herzl organized and led a worldwide political movement that within 50 years led to the establishment of the state of Israel. The film follows Herzl as he meets with Kings, Prime Ministers, Ambassadors, a Sultan, a Pope and government ministers from Constantinople to St. Petersburg, from Paris to Berlin, from Vienna to Vilna in his quest to build a Jewish nation. -- (C) Official Site

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Ben Kingsley
as Narrator
Christoph Waltz
as Theodor Herzl

Critic Reviews for It Is No Dream: The Life of Theodor Herzl

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (6)

Richard Trank's film is sober, detailed, and handsomely mounted. Ben Kingsley narrates, to excellent effect.

Sep 6, 2012 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Although director Trank is an Oscar winner for the documentary "The Long Way Home," some of the choices made here are awkward.

Aug 16, 2012 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

"It Is No Dream" satisfies neither as a movie nor as a history lesson.

Aug 9, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Well-crafted doc offers a scholarly account of the birth of Herzl's Zionist movement.

Aug 9, 2012 | Full Review…

Helmer Trank deserves kudos for trying to convey this complicated history with primary materials.

Aug 9, 2012
Variety
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The film doesn't exactly sizzle, but it does manage to provide a straightforward (if perspective-challenged) biographical sketch of a major historical figure.

Aug 7, 2012 | Full Review…

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