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Format: DVD
Sku: 219030034
UPC: 896602002258
UPC 14: 00896602002258
Category Keywords: Documentary  Filmmakers  Filmmaking  Jewish  Nazis
Rating: NR
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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 Note
In 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.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Color, Black & White, English, German

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Oscilloscope Pictures
Video Release Date Release Date: 3/8/2011
Video Play Time Running Time: 90 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2010
Video UPC UPC: 00896602002258
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
Video Color Spec Video: (unknown/unconverted)
Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review A Film Unfinished - DVD Review
By: Dusty Somers 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 the full review

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Aviv Aldema - Sound
Video Cast Info Itai Neeman - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Ishai Adar - Composer
Video Cast Info Yael Hersonski - Director

Professional Reviews

Entertainment Weekly
"Hersonski quietly and insistently unravels reality from 'reality'; her commitment to archival authenticity is its own tribute to those no longer able to testify." -- Grade: A 08/20/2010

Box Office
3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Just when we thought there were no new twists to the story of the Warsaw Ghetto comes this documentary: focused, sorrowful and revelatory." 08/20/2010

A.V. Club
"A FILM UNFINISHES is affecting as a rare document of a terrible place and time, and those who lied there." -- Grade: B 08/19/2010

New York Times
"In A FILM UNFINISHED, the Israeli director Yael Hersonski embarks on a critical analysis of DAS GHETTO that is remarkable as much for its speculative restraint as for its philosophical reach." 08/18/2010

"Explored within the A FILM UNFINISHED's intricately wrought framework are both the pliability of the image itself and the infinite spectrum of subjectivity and meaning." 08/19/2010

Washington Post
3 stars out of 4 -- "The film doesn't hit you over the head, but in its own way, it is quietly devastating." 09/24/2010

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