Primo Levi's Journey (La Strada di Levi)
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Primo Levi's Journey (La Strada di Levi)
Primo Levi's harrowing memoir If This Is a Man appeared in the U.S. in 1959 as Survival in Auschwitz; historians now regard it as the most critically important written conveyance of the horrors within the Nazi concentration camps. But the account in that text only represents half of Levi's story. The other half began after his release from Auschwitz. Instead of simply returning to his native Turin, Levi and 600 others were forcibly shipped east -- thousands of miles away from their homes. Thus began a grueling, trans-national journey that Levi undertook, across war-ravaged Europe and… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Italian documentary filmmaker Davide Ferrario, who specializes in what he calls "on the road" documentaries, decided to retrace Primo Levi's steps in modern Europe. It was a wise choice."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"The film lacks a certain coherence, and Levi -- one of Italy's most important postwar writers -- is mostly relegated to an excuse for a sociopolitical travelogue."
‑ Jack Mathews, New York Daily News
"It's told in such a messy and questionable way to unintentionally diminish Levi's more striking and dark tale."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"For filmgoers who value something fresh and original on the big screen, the documentary delivers."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"Even when Ferrario's observation of a country's distinct political anxiety is interestingly tied to one of Levi's philosophical musings about the self and the world, the film still radiates the aloofness of a dry academic lecture."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"Fascinating."
‑ Ella Taylor, L.A. Weekly
"Vividly impressionistic and delightfully curious."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"If some of its connections remain obscure, its storytelling is both sinuous and resounding. History, memory, forgetfulness%u2014all comprise the present."
‑ Cynthia Fuchs, PopMatters
"Travelogue is exquisitely shot and the dark poetry of Levi's words, read at intervals throughout the film, is brought to haunting life by a suitably weary-sounding Chris Cooper."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A sober, melancholy recreation of a journey that Primo Levi took mostly through Eastern Europe, after his liberation from Auschwitz."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
"Primo Levi's Journey is a rather unfocused but ultimately provocative portrait of Eastern Europe."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"A profound meditation on the unevenness of history, reminding us -- as Faulkner once remarked -- that the past not only isn't dead, it isn't really past at all."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com
"If one artist is deserving of a documentary account of his story, it's Italian author Primo Levi."
‑ Steve Ramos, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"A thoughtful and insightful Italian documentary that retraces writer Primo Levi's 1945 trip from Poland to Italy after he was liberated from Auschwitz; it contains a fascinating glimpse of post-communist Europe."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Sensitive study of the journey taken by Primo Levi in the immediate aftermath of WWII. Mixes his own words with ordinary people whose lives have been turned upside down by the end of the USSR and Eastern European socialism. Makes subtle political points t"
‑ Louis Proyect, rec.arts.movies.reviews
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