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Killing Kasztner will cause you to weep, even without displaying heartrending concentration camps scenes.
Did he truly sell his soul, or was he just, as a family member says in the film, the wrong kind of hero? The film fascinates even as the man himself remains elusive.
Director Gaylen Ross assembles a fascinating look at this complex man and the still-smoldering argument about his legacy.
The very things that make Killing Kasztner maddening -- herky-jerky storytelling, heavy-handedness, doomy music, unearned moral certitude -- keep it moving right along.
What emerges is less than an in-depth portrait of a man -- we learn little about him, aside from his intelligence, his charisma and his itch to be near power -- than a study of nationhood, history and the psychology of heroism.
As an examination of what happens when events on the ground collide with national myth and a look at how disinclined complex reality is to fit into tidy boxes, it can't be beat.
An impressive documentary, full of intrigue, heroism and of course a halo of mystery that only true stories can offer. [Full review in Spanish]
There are deeply complex issues afoot here -- most especially the question of how a country and a people decides who will be its heroes -- and this amateurish film, with its tabloid-TV zooms and hokey visual metaphors, simply isn't up to such complexity.
Gaylen Ross's excellent documentary explores how a forgotten hero of the Holocaust became a political target in Israel.
The 2008 documentary "Killing Kasztner: The Jew Who Dealt with Nazis" is more the latter, and it arguably makes one wonder if there is such a thing as Holocaust minutiae.
Tells a fascinating story in an unwieldy way...a pity the structural flaws undermine its impact.
A well-balanced and provocative documentary that's equally engaging, poignant and illuminating.
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