Stalags

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In this documentary exploring the popularity of pornographic pocketbooks featuring tales of insatiable female SS soldiers sexually abusing prison camp detainees, filmmaker Ari Libsker highlights how the highly publicized Eichmann trial effected the once-skyrocketing sales of these lurid novelettes. In the aftermath of the trial, the authors responsible for these works were accused of penning anti-Semitic pornography. Now, for the first time on film, viewers are invited to meet the very writers at the center of this swirling controversy while learning how these books eventually became an inexorable part of canonistic Holocaust literature even decades after their publication ceased. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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  • The Israeli documentary Stalags, by Ari Libsker, should be subtitled, How To Turn a Sexy Subject Into a Boring Film.

    Apr 9, 2008 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Stalags carries this line of inquiry forward, cramming an overwhelming amount of information and ideas into its 63 minutes -- not nearly enough time to explore satisfactorily all that it raises.

    Apr 9, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Unfortunately, Ari Libsker's hour-plus docu on this potentially mind-boggling topic meanders disconnectedly, as various experts, collectors and storytellers kick around anecdotes and theories that tend to cancel each other out.

    Apr 8, 2008 | Full Review…

    Ronnie Scheib

    Variety
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  • However artless its presentation, Stalags imparts material that's difficult to shake off and impossible to dismiss.

    Apr 8, 2008
  • Empowerment fantasies of a decimated and injured race, a kind of post-traumatic Jewish mother syndrome, or a bit of both? The film mulls these strange notions of the politics of pornography, that would have likely sent Freud's mind into a tailspin.

    Apr 16, 2008 | Full Review…
  • A chilling expose' which shows how Holocaust internees have been victimized twice, violated again by purveyors of smut who would stoop so low as to fabricate a pack of sadomasochistic lies for a quick buck.

    Apr 16, 2008 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

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