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A Film Unfinished


Release Date: August 18, 2010 (NY; LA release: Aug. 20)
Studio: Oscilloscope Pictures
Director: Yael Hersonski
Screenwriter: Yael Hersonski
Starring: Alexander Beyer, Rüdiger Vogler
Genre: Documentary
MPAA Rating: R (for disturbing images of Holocaust atrocities including graphic nudity)
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Plot Summary: 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.

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