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Directed by Claude Lanzmann

France, United Kingdom 1985 565 mins. In German, Hebrew, Polish, Yiddish, French, English, Greek, Italian with subtitles

In memoriam Claude Lanzmann (November 27, 1925 – July 5, 2018). Lanzmann’s groundbreaking durational documentary, an extensive look into remembrances of the Holocaust by survivors, witnesses, and perpetrators, is a deeply heartbreaking yet incisive examination of the Shoah. In production for eleven years as Lanzmann criss-crossed the globe in search of people willing to talk about their experiences, the film probes questions of historical memory and the banality of evil through remembrances of family members who perished, survival tactics, and—via Germans who Lanzmann often surreptitiously recorded—the thought processes of those who perpetrated horrible crimes against humanity. Controversial upon release and consistently sparking dialogue since, Shoah is an unforgettable cinematic experience, and considered by many to be the greatest documentary ever made. The film is comprised of two parts: First Era and Second Era. First Era (273 mins.) begins at 12pm with an intermission midway through. Second Era (292 mins.) begins at 6pm with an intermission midway through.

Genres: Documentary

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