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Sobibor, Oct. 14, 1943, 4 P. M. (2001)



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On October 14, 1943, in the midst of Nazi Germany's efforts to incarcerate and execute the Jews of Europe, the prisoners of the Sobibor concentration camp staged an uprising in which they confronted their captors and, after a show of force, escaped; it was the only recorded revolt at any of the infamous Nazi death camps. Yehuda Lerner was both a witness and an active participant in the uprising at Sobibor, and while filming his epic documentary about the Holocaust, Shoah, Claude Lanzmann interviewed Lerner, who told him his own remarkable story (he escaped from no fewer than eight different prison camps during World War II) and also explained how he and his fellow prisoners planned and executed the revolt at Sobibor. While Lanzmann mentioned the uprising at Sobibor in Shoah, in time the filmmaker decided Lerner's story deserved a film of its own, and Sobibor, Oct. 14, 1943, 4 P.M. combines Lerner's 1979 interview with recent footage of the former camp site, as well as a look at a museum in Sobibor that pays tribute to the rebellion. Produced for French television, Sobibor, Oct. 14, 1943, 4 P.M. received a special screening at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival.


Critic Reviews for Sobibor, Oct. 14, 1943, 4 P. M.

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A spare document featuring one talking head. But what a talking head and what a story!

March 7, 2002 | Rating: 3/4

Sobibor isn't visually exciting ... In this case, the importance of the story is enough to make up for the visual stasis.

February 21, 2002 | Rating: B

Lerner, barely revealing any emotion, is a marvelous interview subject, relating his story with a calm demeanor and an extraordinary eye for pungent detail.

November 8, 2001

An important appendix to Lanzmann's work.

November 5, 2001

The feelings that this simple, deeply intelligent movie produces -- of horror, admiration, hope and grief -- are as hard to name as they are to dispel.

October 12, 2001 | Rating: 4/5

Lerner -- a fascinating man, telling an extraordinary story.

October 12, 2001

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