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  • Summary: Twelve years in the making, Shoah is Claude Lanzmann’s monumental epic on the Holocaust featuring interviews with survivors, bystanders and perpetrators in 14 countries. The film does not contain any historical footage but rather features interviews which seek to ‘‘reincarnate’’ the Jewish tragedy and also visits places where the crimes took place. Growing out of Lanzmann’s concern that the genocide perpetrated only 40 years earlier was already retreating into the mists of time, and that the atrocity was becoming sanitized as History, his massive achievement-at once epic and intimate, immediate and definitive-is a triumph of form and content that reveals hidden truths while rewriting the rules of documentary filmmaking. Shoah remains nothing less than essential. [IFC Films] Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Eric Hynes
    Dec 10, 2010
    100
    It has come to serve as a solemn metaphor for remembrance, as well as for butt-numbing endurance.
  2. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Dec 10, 2010
    100
    Shoah's ultimate legacy, however, is being the final word on the Final Solution-one that renders every well-intentioned dramatic re-creation of such horrors into repulsive Ausch-kitsch by comparison.
  3. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Jan 7, 2011
    100
    Despite its length, it is one of the most consistently engrossing and powerful movies ever made.
  4. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Jan 20, 2011
    88
    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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