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Genre Documentary
Running Time 88 min
Release Date Aug 18, 2010
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A Film Unfinished (Shtikat Haarchion)

At the end of WWII, 60 minutes of raw film, having sat undisturbed in an East German archive, was discovered. Shot by the Nazis in Warsaw in May 1942, and labeled simply "Ghetto," this footage quickly became a resource for historians seeking an authentic record of the Warsaw Ghetto. However, the later discovery of a long-missing reel complicated earlier readings of the footage. "A Film Unfinished" presents the raw footage in its entirety, carefully noting fictionalized sequences (including a staged… Show more

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Far more than “just’’ another Holocaust documentary, “A Film Unfinished’’ tackles issues of memory, history, intent — the lies of propaganda as they bend the truth of what we see. Within Yael Hersonski’s devastating documentary is nestled another film: four reels of silent footage — an hour’s worth — of the Warsaw Ghetto, shot by the Nazis in May 1942, and discovered a decade later amid the shelves of an archive deep in the German woods.

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