The first time I saw this, of all things, a quote from the video game "Mother 3" kept coming to mind. "We can forget happy things. We can probably forget sad things, too. People have the power to forget."
Makes it more overwhelming and sobering to think that it was filmed only 10 years after the liberation. Heartbreaking that this was an actual thing in the past. Human beings did this to other human beings.
Resnais knows there's no way to portray the holocaust to appear as terrifying as it really was; what he does, though, is give one of the most honest looks at history and decision through an age (that reverberates over time) in hopes that people will not forget. Too, though, does he give us one of the most chilling looks at the concentration camps ever put on film (or anywhere else, for that matter).
A truthful study about the holocaust. Strong, veridical, honest but surprisingly poetic and sensitive. The way Jean Cayrol makes his voice flow palid and lyrical through the horrific images and visual documentations of Alain Resnais' work his beyond any other study about the holocaust.
Everyone should see this documentary, is a unique method of awareness.
en el lado opuesto de shoa, el uso de imágenes de archivo estremece. el guión es estupendo, escrito por jean cayrol y adaptado a las imágenes por chris magic marker, para que cayrol hiciera su versión definitiva. marker sugirió a eisler para la música. las palabras finales llaman a no creer en las ruinas de los campos de concentración nazis. el mensaje es brutal, el pasado no ha dejado de alcanzarnos