Claude Lanzmann directed this 9 1/2 hour documentary of the Holocaust without using a single frame of archive footage. He interviews survivors, witnesses, and ex-Nazis (whom he had to film secretly since they only agreed to be interviewed by audio).
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While I agree with Camille that everyone should watch this film, I strongly disagree that the cinematography wasn't great. While not very lavish or glamorous, I found myself comparing Lanzmann's contemplative use of landscape to Tarkovsky's meditative cinema. If you have an open mind for it, Shoah reveals itself as a visual masterpiece.
Very important milestone on getting hold of history as long as te witnesses still speak. Lanzmann provides his viewer with many perspectives: not only those of the victims but also the offenders'. His unjudging and curious ways make the told even more unbearable.
This historical document is best summed up in the words of Yitzhak Zuckerman, one of the leaders of the jewish resistance. "If you could lick my heart, it would posion you." One of the best films I have ever seen.
I really liked the way it was filmed, the scenes and the gloomy atmosphere , however It was a bit dissapointing that they only mentioned Jews. I was expecting this to go a bit further and also mention other people who weren't Jews and died there. Such like gypsies, disabled people, spanish republicans (from the civil war) homesexuals, comunists, intellectuals,.... Anyway I will do remember them as well.