Protocols of Zion (2005)
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Critic Reviews for Protocols of Zion
The only civilized response to this display of abject ignorance, hatred and bigotry is one of anguished despair, but Levin's film enlightens as much as it enrages.
It's probably useful for the world to know the extreme lengths to which bigotry is willing to travel; Protocols may not be the best-made documentary, but it definitely fills in those blanks.
Protocols ultimately lacks the focus and the scope to have much effect beyond causing us to shake our heads in dismay at the usual suspects: ignorance and those who would exploit it.
Levin's film is most effective as it objectively documents the history of international anti-Semitism, but loses ground whenever it reverts back to anecdotal coverage of the subject.
Rambling and disjointed, Protocols of Zion starts out pretty interesting and then begins skidding all over the place, losing focus just as it should be building momentum.
Audience Reviews for Protocols of Zion
Movie about the different opinions, emotions, and perspectives of Jews, Christians, Arabs, and the National Alliance after the events of 9/11. - Basically, the movie says that "Hate Breeds Hate." Marc Levin: "What about this rumor that Hitler himself had Jewish blood?..." Shaun Walker (National Alliance): "... ... See I think that that's a Jewish mindset that can even grasp that concept because, to me, if you're part Jewish than why do you want to kill off the Jewish people?" M.L.: "Because you want to kill it in yourself." S.H.:"Well, ugh, Hitler, I don't see himself as suicidal in the slightest, I thought he-" M.L.: "He commited suicide."
Interesting but disappointing. Marc Levin takes the fascinating subject of anti-Semitism and conducts some explorations into potentially loaded territory (interviews with neo-Nazis, street thugs, Abe Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League, and such) in order to ask and answer the big questions about it. Unfortunately, he doesn't dig deep enough. He conducts some nice interviews and gets some interesting opinions and notable quotations (e.g. the white supremacist who says he doesn't consider Hitler to have been suicidal), but he doesn't really go anywhere beyond scratching the surface. He goes for breadth rather than choosing to explore the depths, which makes this merely a thought-provoking starting point for discussion rather than an innovative film.
Didn't make it all the way through. Marc Levin's vignette/survey approach to ongoing antisemitism and the continued popularity of the Elders of Zion book is kind of wearing on the viewer, and offer some good moments, but really seemed to run out of steam early.
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