A Film Unfinished
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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, Film Forum is proud to present Yael Hersonski's A FILM UNFINISHED, having its U.S. theatrical premiere on Wednesday, August 18. Since the end of WWII, one copy of a 60-minute (unfinished) propaganda film, shot by the Nazis in the Warsaw Ghetto in May 1942 (a year prior to the uprising), labeled simply "Ghetto," sat undisturbed in an East… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

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"An electrifying essay on film's ability to falsify history."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Yael Hersonski's A Film Unfinished reclaims history, teaches a lesson about the reliability of images and raises unanswerable questions about complicity."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"a new and uniquely disturbing perspective on the Shoah"
‑ Chris Chang, Film Comment Magazine
"A heartbreaking but engrossing detective story that not only shines a light on Nazi evil but on the manipulative prowess of the Third Reich."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"Hersonski brings something both old and new to the table with this powerful 89-minute documentary. Other strengths are the well-written narration read by Rona Keenan and the haunting original music of composer Yishai Adar."
‑ Keith Cohen, Entertainment Spectrum
"Filmmaker Yael Hersonski reshapes the impossibly vile and tragic source material into a devastating record of Nazi criminality."
‑ Cliff Doerksen, Chicago Reader
"A remarkable new documentary that reminds us of film's inherent capacity for lying."
‑ Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News
"Riveting, scary, and significant, Film Unfinished contrasts invaluable footage of agit-prop Nazi feature with the reaction of Warsaw Gehtto survivors to that footage and testimonies of the real life thee."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The more it strips itself to the evidence... the more devastating and affecting the portrait becomes."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Parallax View
"A Film Unfinished is a sort of ghost story. It's guaranteed to haunt you."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
"Yael Hersonski's documentary is infuriating, heartbreaking, devastating -- and scary. It depicts a lie upon a lie."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"A Film Unfinished reminds you that the nightmare of the Holocaust knows no limits."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"Painful, eye-opening, and extraordinarily necessary to view, especially by the young to whom the Holocaust is nowadays too abstract a notion to fully mentally envision in all of its grotesqueness"
‑ Brandon Judell, GreenCine
"...a very powerful documentary and first feature by Yael Hersonski."
‑ Elias Savada, Film Threat
"Examination of Nazi inhumanity by an Israeli director on record as opposing Zionist inhumanity."
‑ Louis Proyect, rec.arts.movies.reviews
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