Shoah (1985)

The creators of the brilliant French documentary Shoah courageously assume that their audience is willing to sit through 570 minutes' worth of interviews and little else. As unpromising as this sounds, rest assured that you will sit and… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 1, 1985
DVD Release Date: October 7, 2003
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Consensus: Expansive in its beauty as well as its mind-numbing horror, Shoah is a towering -- and utterly singular -- achievement in cinema.

Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

With his 9 1/2-hour Shoah, Claude Lanzmann has accomplished the seemingly impossible: He has brought such beauty to his recounting of the horror of the Holocaust that he has made it accessible and comprehensible.

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Richard Brody
New Yorker

[It] has transcended the cinema to become a primary record of the extermination of European Jews during the Second World War.

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Kate Muir
Times (UK)

Its riveting nine hours are perhaps the most important piece of historical cinema we possess.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

By straightforwardly presenting interviews with people who lived through the Holocaust, Lanzmann makes it real again. Even more impressively, he helps us to see how the horror could have happened.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

Why revisit "Shoah'' 25 years after it was first released? Because it matters more a quarter century on, just as it will matter even more in a hundred years, and 200, and - if it and we survive - a thousand.

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Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Lanzmann`s monumental film bears significant witness to the Holocaust. Those who see it will never forget it.

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

Shoah is the greatest use of film in motion picture history, taking movies to their highest moral value. For what director/interviewer Lanzmann has done on film is nothing less than revive history, a history so ugly that many would prefer to forget.

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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

the film's achievement is to show there are stories worth hearing, and ravaged, resilient faces that reward our scrutiny. The horror, the gallows humor, the shame and the heroism, the lessons of this holocaust -- and all others--have not been exhausted.

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David Parkinson
Radio Times

Putting a face on inhuman misery, this remarkable achievement demonstrates film's unique power and its underperformed duty.

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Documentaries are wonderful in terms of presenting an important subject for a viewing audience. The medium has had its fair share of meaningful films. Some… More