Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Not To Be Missed....

From The NY Times:
Published: December 6, 2010
Claude Lanzmann, director of the landmark 1985 documentary “Shoah,” discusses his enduring views on the Holocaust.

I had the opportunity to view this film, Shoah, in college, and see that it is now being re-released in theaters 25 years later. If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend it. Believe it or not, it is something like 9 hours long, and when I saw it we went back two nights in a row in order to see Part 1 and Part 2.

It is unlike any other movie I have seen - the story of the Holocaust is told not through any actual historical footage, but purely through interviews with people who experienced it. The most chilling parts to me: the filmmaker goes into towns just outside the concentration camps and speaks with the villagers. Words really can't describe these scenes, you just have to see it.

It's one thing to hear about man's inhumanity to man. But this just might be as close -- hopefully -- most of us will ever come to actually experiencing it. Somewhere midway into this movie, I remember feeling like suddenly all the air was just sucked right out of the theater, it all just really hit me.

Here is a link to the DVD on Amazon if you want to purchase a copy for you and your family: Shoah [A History of the Holocaust] 4 DVD Set , Import, All Regions

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