Film Unfinished

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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.

Specifications

Studio Oscilloscope Pictures
SKU 219030034
UPC 896602002258
UPC 14 00896602002258
Format DVD
Release Date 2/14/2012
Rating NR
Keywords
Documentary
Filmmakers
Filmmaking
Jewish
Nazis
Editors Note
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.
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
Movieline "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
Cast & Crew
Aviv Aldema - Sound
Itai Neeman - Director of Photography
Ishai Adar - Composer
Yael Hersonski - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2010
UPC 00896602002258
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 90 minutes
Color (unknown/unconverted)
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Color, Black & White, English, German
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD

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