Film Unfinished (2010)
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|Using footage completely unparalled, a film unfinished provides new insight into the nazi propaganda machine, further exposing an agenda already known to be deceitful beyond our greatest beliefs. At the end of WWII, 60 minutes of raw film, having sat undistrurbed in an east german archive.|
Editor's NoteIn 1942, more than two years after Nazi troops herded Poland's Jews into a ghetto in Warsaw, where they were to be held until they were sent to extermination camps, a handful of cameramen were sent into the ghetto to shoot material that was intended for a German propaganda film. The images they captured ran the gamut from blasé scenes of day-to-day life to horrific moments of death and despair. The film was never completed, but after the war, the unedited footage, running roughly an hour, was discovered in a German archive. Yael Hersonski's documentary SHTIKAT HAARCHION (aka A FILM UNFINISHED) presents the surviving footage of the Warsaw ghetto in full for the first time; along with the archival images, Hersonski includes interviews with five survivors of the ghetto, who talk about what was captured on film and their lives under the Nazis, as well as a member of the camera crew who offers a perspective on the original intended slant of the film (which was, at least in part, meant to reveal the class differences between Jews of different economic status). A FILM UNFINISHED received its world premiere at the 2010 Berlin International Film Festival.
A Film Unfinished - DVD Review
By: Dusty Somers Blogcritics.org Reviews
Published on: 3/7/2011 9:10 PM
|Holocaust films are numerous, and though reminding audiences of the atrocities therein is an important element to include — especially in a documentary — the best examples enlighten further. As scholar Michael Berenbaum says in an extra on this DVD, what does the film have to add to what we already know? Yael Hersonski’s bracing A Film Unfinished enriches our understanding greatly — both in terms of facts about the Nazi-propaganda machine and a more abstract knowledge about the nature of images and what we see....read the full review|
Cast & Crew
|Aviv Aldema - Sound|
|Itai Neeman - Director of Photography|
|Ishai Adar - Composer|
|Yael Hersonski - Director|