Shoah (1985) [Criterion Collection, Spine #663]
DVD Video | NTSC 4:3 | 720x480 | ~ 550 minutes | 6 x ~ 7.60 Gb
French, Italian, German, Hebrew, Yiddish, Polish, English: Dolby AC3, 1 ch
Genre: Documentary, History, War
Over a decade in the making, Claude Lanzmann’s nine-hour-plus opus is a monumental investigation of the unthinkable: the murder of more than six million Jews by the Nazis. Using no archival footage, Lanzmann instead focuses on first-person testimonies (of survivors and former Nazis, as well as other witnesses), employing a circular, free-associative method in assembling them. The intellectual yet emotionally overwhelming Shoah is not a film about excavating the past but an intensive portrait of the ways in which the past is always present, and it is inarguably one of the most important cinematic works of all time.