• Shoah (1985)


Release Date: 1985

Not Yet Rated |9 hr 21 min

Plot Summary

Director Claude Lanzmann spent 11 years on this sprawling documentary about the Holocaust, conducting his own interviews and refusing to use a single frame of archival footage. Dividing Holocaust witnesses into three categories -- survivors, bystanders and perpetrators -- Lanzmann presents testimonies from survivors of the Chelmno concentration camp, an Auschwitz escapee and witnesses of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, as well as a chilling report of gas chambers from an SS officer at Treblinka.

Director: Claude Lanzmann

Genres: Documentary

Keywords: Brooding , Fall , 1980s ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    David FearTime Out

    Shoah's ultimate legacy, however, is being the final word on the Final Solution-one that renders every well-intentioned dramatic re-creation of such horrors into repulsive Ausch-kitsch by comparison. show more

  • 88
    Ty BurrBoston Globe

    Why revisit Shoah 25 years after it was first released? Because it matters more a quarter century on, just as it will matter even more in a hundred years, and 200, and - if it and we survive - a thousand. show more

  • 100
    Village Voice

    It has come to serve as a solemn metaphor for remembrance, as well as for butt-numbing endurance. show more

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