We need another Holocaust movie like we need another Uwe Boll movie.

Holocaust cinema is tricky business, and prolific filmmaker / provocateur (maybe it should be the other way around) "Dr." Uwe Boll - widely regarded as the worst director alive - hasn't exactly proven that he's the right man to tackle such thorny matters. He's actually made a reputation (and to a lesser extent, a career) of proving the exact opposite. And now he's set his sights on Auschwitz. As a Jew, a cinephile, and a person I fervently believe that no historical episode should be protected from filmic representation, but after watching the NSFW trailer even Neo-Nazis might be shaking their heads going, "Seriously Uwe, I think they've been through enough."

I don't think that there's anything inherently wrong with Boll making a Holocaust film, the whole thing just seems mighty unnecessary. Boll has routinely illustrated that he's a filmmaker without either talent or vision, and people will understandably assume that his latest project will add absolutely nothing to the discourse. I want to pretend that the visceral Hunger-esque approach evidenced in the trailer or Boll's decision to cast himself as a Nazi guard might make for an interesting portrait of guilt or complicity, but it's tough to watch images of the German filmmaker locking people in a confined space and causing them to suffer and think of them as anything more than a perfect metaphor for Boll's career.
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