Killing Kasztner
Killing Kasztner (2009)

To an even greater degree than Oskar Schindler, Dr. Israel Kasztner played a key role in saving the lives of well over 1,000 Jews from the Holocaust (1,600 in Kasztner's case; 1,200 in Schindler's), but a fascinating and deeply sad… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 23, 2009
DVD Release Date: August 1, 2014
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

Did he truly sell his soul, or was he just, as a family member says in the film, the wrong kind of hero? The film fascinates even as the man himself remains elusive.

Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle

What emerges is less than an in-depth portrait of a man -- we learn little about him, aside from his intelligence, his charisma and his itch to be near power -- than a study of nationhood, history and the psychology of heroism.

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Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle

There are deeply complex issues afoot here -- most especially the question of how a country and a people decides who will be its heroes -- and this amateurish film, with its tabloid-TV zooms and hokey visual metaphors, simply isn't up to such complexity.

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Jonathan F. Richards

Director Gaylen Ross assembles a fascinating look at this complex man and the still-smoldering argument about his legacy.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

As an examination of what happens when events on the ground collide with national myth and a look at how disinclined complex reality is to fit into tidy boxes, it can't be beat.

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Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer

Gaylen Ross's excellent documentary explores how a forgotten hero of the Holocaust became a political target in Israel.

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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe

The very things that make Killing Kasztner maddening -- herky-jerky storytelling, heavy-handedness, doomy music, unearned moral certitude -- keep it moving right along.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

The film leaves you with a sense that Kastner's name is a casualty of rhetorical crossfire.

James Verniere
Boston Herald

The 2008 documentary "Killing Kasztner: The Jew Who Dealt with Nazis" is more the latter, and it arguably makes one wonder if there is such a thing as Holocaust minutiae.

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