Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah

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Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah

Oscar Nominee, Best Documentary (Short Subject)

“Thirty years after its release, Claude Lanzmann’s documentary masterpiece has never been more relevant.”

Adam Benzine has created a stunning portrait of Claude Lanzmann, whose nine-and-a half-hour magnum opus, Shoah, is considered by many to be one of the greatest films ever made about the Holocaust. Benzine goes behind the scenes to discuss the masterwork with Lanzmann, delving into the secret filming of former Nazis, the process of persuading survivors to candidly tell their stories to the camera, the film’s financial and technical complications over more than 11 years of production, and Lanzmann’s obsessive moral commitment that almost drove him to suicide. Marking the 30th anniversary of Shoah’s release, as well as the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, this is a decisive portrait of a singular artist.

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