by Sue Vice
Claude Lanzmann’s nine-and-a-half-hour 1985 epic Shoah—its title is the Hebrew word for “catastrophe”—is the distillation of more than 350 hours of film gathered over 11 years. It tells the story of the Holocaust through interviews with the survivors, bystanders, and perpetrators. In 2000, the Guardian film critic Derek Malcolm called it “one of the most remarkable films e...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published April 26th 2011 by British Film Institute
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Don't bother reading Vic's book unless you've watched the film -- and if you haven't watched it, why? Definitely slanted towards director Claude Lanzmann in every regard, the author still provides a kind of viewer's mirror that poses questions. Like many, I agree Shoah is the best film about Holocaust, using almost-entirely post-Holocaust footage and avoiding atrocity scenes we've already seen. That allows me to get closer to the horror than any newsreel allows. I don't dismiss the opposite view...more