Shoah Reviews

January 9, 2015
Its riveting nine hours are perhaps the most important piece of historical cinema we possess.
June 3, 2014
With his 9 1/2-hour Shoah, Claude Lanzmann has accomplished the seemingly impossible: He has brought such beauty to his recounting of the horror of the Holocaust that he has made it accessible and comprehensible.
June 3, 2014
By straightforwardly presenting interviews with people who lived through the Holocaust, Lanzmann makes it real again. Even more impressively, he helps us to see how the horror could have happened.
June 3, 2014
Shoah is the greatest use of film in motion picture history, taking movies to their highest moral value. For what director/interviewer Lanzmann has done on film is nothing less than revive history, a history so ugly that many would prefer to forget.
March 19, 2012
[It] has transcended the cinema to become a primary record of the extermination of European Jews during the Second World War.
January 20, 2011
Why revisit "Shoah'' 25 years after it was first released? Because it matters more a quarter century on, just as it will matter even more in a hundred years, and 200, and - if it and we survive - a thousand.
January 14, 2011
the film's achievement is to show there are stories worth hearing, and ravaged, resilient faces that reward our scrutiny. The horror, the gallows humor, the shame and the heroism, the lessons of this holocaust -- and all others--have not been exhausted.
January 14, 2011
At a time when the few remaining witnesses to the Holocaust are passing away, Shoah more than ever stands as a necessary experience.
December 8, 2010
Lanzmann slowly, cumulatively colors in a vast canvas on mass murder.
December 6, 2010
Viewing "Shoah" today proves that the Holocaust is not a discrete event, but rather an ongoing public narrative in which the movie continues to play a crucial part.
June 24, 2006
The effect is relentless and cumulative.
January 1, 2000
More than a treatment of a great subject, the film itself is a great achievement in form.
January 1, 2000
There is no proper response to this film. It is an enormous fact, a 550-minute howl of pain and anger in the face of genocide. It is one of the noblest films ever made.