Film A Film Unfinished

Friday, January 6, 2012: 12:00 PM-2:00 PM
Sheraton Ballroom I (Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers)

Yael Hersonski, director; Noemi Schory and Itay Ken-Tor, producers (Oscilloscope Laboratories, 2010)

At the end of World War II, 60 minutes of raw film was discovered in an East German archive. 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, which included multiple takes and cameraman staging scenes, complicated earlier readings of the footage. A Film Unfinished presents the raw footage in its entirety, carefully noting fictionalized sequences falsely showing "the good life" enjoyed by Jewish urbanites, and probes deep into the making of a now-infamous Nazi propaganda film.

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