The Last of the Unjust (2014)
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The best one can say for this troubling, if intermittently fascinating, mess is that it succeeds in raising questions, moral as well as aesthetic, that it cannot answer.
Murmelstein addresses Lanzmann's skepticism and questions with earnestness, passion and -- as if the rest of it wasn't troubling enough -- what seems like total recall.
Lanzmann organizes the material achronologically, presenting Murmelstein's narrative out of order and intercutting it with footage of Theresienstadt shot in 2012; this complex structure evokes a sense of moral vertigo that's nearly impossible to shake.
Those who think this is a black-and-white issue will be surprised, as Lanzmann himself appears to have been, by what is said here.
Audience Reviews for The Last of the Unjust
The interviews with Benjamin Murmelstein are fascinating. The readings by Claude Lanzmann, shot in pertinent locations, less so. The cinematography stumbles (metaphorically) in attempting to replicate the long advancing and retreating tracking shots that dominated the look of SHOAH, but with handheld cameras. It's just not the same. Good history here, but room for improvement as a movie.
Oh my goodness. I totally do not understand the positive reviews for this movie. This is the most boring movie I've ever seen. I left after 2.5 hours... After falling asleep three times and not managing to even stay to the end and not even caring how it might end. One character read from sheets of paper for almost every scene. I wish I understood what people are seeing in this movie.
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