Primo Levi's Journey
Primo Levi's Journey (2007)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 17, 2007
DVD Release Date: August 19, 2008
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News

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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's told in such a messy and questionable way to unintentionally diminish Levi's more striking and dark tale.

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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly


Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

Vividly impressionistic and delightfully curious.

Cynthia Fuchs

If some of its connections remain obscure, its storytelling is both sinuous and resounding. History, memory, forgetfulness%u2014all comprise the present.

Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

Primo Levi's Journey is a rather unfocused but ultimately provocative portrait of Eastern Europe.

Andrew O'Hehir

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.

Steve Ramos
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

If one artist is deserving of a documentary account of his story, it's Italian author Primo Levi.

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