A Film Unfinished

Genre:  Documentary, Drama
Running Time:  88 min.
Release Date: September 24, 2010
DVD: March 8, 2011

Current rating: Rating: 3.12
based on 16 votes and 5 reviews
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Yael Hersonski's powerful documentary achieves a remarkable feat through its penetrating look at another film-the now-infamous Nazi-produced film about the Warsaw Ghetto. Discovered after the war, the unfinished work, with no soundtrack, quickly became a resource for historians seeking an authentic record, despite its elaborate propagandistic construction.

The later discovery of a long-missing reel complicated earlier readings, showing the manipulations of camera crews in these "everyday" scenes. Well-heeled Jews attending elegant dinners and theatricals (while callously stepping over the dead bodies of compatriots) now appeared as unwilling, but complicit, actors, alternately fearful and in denial of their looming fate.

Director: Yael Hersonski
Studio: KinoSmith
Producer(s): Noemi Schory, Itai Ken-Tor
Screenplay: Yael Hersonski

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  • 4 stars "A film worth seeing. Its through the eyes of the Nazis which shows this odd perspective. This film should be seen by many ppl to educate them of this horrid history."
  • 1 star "Disappointing."
  • 1 star "This would have been effective as a 1 hour television documentary but it's a long stretch to make it into an 88 minute movie. More effort into researching and presenting addition information and points of impact would have made this film theatre worthy. Save your money and rent it."
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