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  • Exposing the anguish of making ‘Shoah’

    By  Tom Tugend

    February 22, 2016 | 2:50 pm

    Halfway through the 12 years Claude Lanzmann worked on his epic documentary “Shoah,” he decided to take a brief break by taking a swim in the Mediterranean Sea.

    As the Israeli coastline receded from view, his arms became very tired, and he realized he couldn’t make it back. Just...

  • Nazis’ stooge or well-meaning Jew?

    By Tom Tugend

    January 27, 2014 | 3:04 pm

    When the French director Claude Lanzmann completed the editing of his eight-hour epic documentary, “Shoah,” in 1985, he still had stashed away nearly 11 hours of interviews with one man.

    That man was Benjamin Murmelstein, the last president of the Judenrat (Jewish Council) in the...

  • The Holocaust, the Mideast, cons and Americana

    November 25, 2013 | 5:02 pm

    Scattered amid this year’s more traditional holiday fare are some ambitious, profound and illuminating films that should intrigue the discriminating audience.

    Among these is “The Last of the Unjust,” a rabbi accused of collaborating with the Nazis, from noted French-Jewish...

  • Filmmaker Claude Lanzmann honored at Berlin film festival

    February 14, 2013 | 5:40 am

    French documentary filmmaker and producer Claude Lanzmann will be honored at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival, where he spoke about filming his famous "Shoah" documentary.

    Lanzmann, 87, will receive an Honorary Golden Bear for his lifetime achievement on Thursday...

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  • An indelible film, ‘Shoah’ also reflects an extraordinary artist

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    April 11, 2012 | 1:30 pm

    Surely the most unpromising premise for a film ever conceived is this: Nine and one half hours of people speaking in languages you do not understand about mass murder.  Yet “Shoah” offers an experience unlike any other film, and its creator has written a memoir introducing us to...

  • Kristin Scott Thomas on “Sarah’s Key:” “I Don’t See It As a ‘Holocaust’ Film” [VIDEO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 18, 2011 | 5:14 pm

    Kristin Scott Thomas conjures images of the quintessentially British thespian, having portraying upper crust or reserved characters in films such as “Four Weddings and a Funeral” and “The English Patient,” for which she received a 1997 Oscar nomination.  In previous newspaper...

  • ‘Shoah’ playing in Iran

    March 8, 2011 | 10:26 am

    The Holocaust documentary “Shoah” is being broadcast in Iran.

    The 1985 documentary by French director Claude Lanzmann was scheduled to be presented this week on a satellite channel and is dubbed in Farsi. Satellites are banned in Iran, but many Iranians have them and therefore could...

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