Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust
Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust (2004)

This is the riveting story of the American film industry's complex and fascinating response to the horrors of Nazi Germany. Utilizing carefully selected excerpts from extraordinary and in some cases rarely-seen films, and told through… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 6, 2004
DVD Release Date: May 6, 2008
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic

Imaginary Witness is powerful and complex, and few will manage to make it through to the end without gasping, weeping or covering their eyes.

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Noel Murray
AV Club

Imaginary Witness works fine as an illustrated history, but the material could've supported something more probing and provocative.

Phil Hall
Film Threat

Deserves merit for detailing a painful subject with maturity and intelligence

Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

Anker's film is an important one, shining a light on that red stain and how we saw it filtered through Hollywood's lens.

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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice

Anker's excavated some remarkable stuff here...

Nora Lee Mandel

Noteworthy for clips from less familiar films and newsreels, and interviews with creative participants in groundbreaking films.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

Daniel Anker's film faults Hollywood both for ignoring the Holocaust during the war years and for trivializing it later. It's a mixed message that coheres largely thanks to Anker's archival spadework and his luck in securing interviews.

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out

This solid, clip-heavy history of Hollywood's narrative efforts pushes past sobriety to arrive at some tough ideas.

Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Daily News

Originally made for AMC, its solid collection of clips does illustrate one salient point: Depicting evil poorly is a sin unto itself.

Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
This is an excellent documentary, which depicts the Holocaust through Hollywood movies and television. Especially interesting is Hollywood's anemic… More
Randy Tippy
An in-depth look at how Hollywood has portrayed the Holocaust, from <i>Confessions of a Nazi Spy</i> and <i>Black Legion</i> to… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]Narrated by Gene Hackman in an accusatory tone, "Imaginary Witness" is a frustrating documentary whose intention is to explore… More