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Stalags Reviews

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Prairie Miller
April 16, 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.
Kam Williams
April 16, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Chris Cabin
April 10, 2008
Never less than enthusiastically fascinating
| Original Score: 3.5/5
David Noh
Film Journal International
April 9, 2008
At once too short to truly delve into the themes it brings up, as well as too long.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
April 9, 2008
The Israeli documentary Stalags, by Ari Libsker, should be subtitled, How To Turn a Sexy Subject Into a Boring Film.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Felicia Feaster
New York Press
April 9, 2008
[Director] Libsker rightfully questions how sex and sadism have become the distorting lens through which we think about the Holocaust.
Ken Fox
TV Guide
April 9, 2008
Libsker's documentary not only explores the roots of the Stalags and the means by which they were produced and sold, but even does a little detective work into the identities of the authors themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Laura Kern
New York Times
April 9, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
April 8, 2008
'Stalags' refuses to confront firmly the fine line at which individual or collective memory cannot distinguish myth from reality.
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Ronnie Scheib
April 8, 2008
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.
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
April 8, 2008
However artless its presentation, Stalags imparts material that's difficult to shake off and impossible to dismiss.
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
April 6, 2008
Ari Libsker's film details how books like I Was Colonel Schultz's Private Bitch luridly conflated sex and violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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