Entertainment Weekly - 01/18/2008
"[T]he film reveals how even the darkest history now lodges itself in our heads via pop culture -- a truth both liberating and sobering." -- Grade: B+
This documentary examines Hollywood's portrayal of the Holocaust over a 60-year period. One of the defining tragedies of the modern age, the mass murder of six million Jews was at first greeted with silence by the film industry, before being portrayed in an increasingly explicit fashion. With a wealth of film clips and a panel of industry insiders at its disposal, IMAGINARY WITNESS tackles the complex ethical questions and moral dilemmas that go along with representing an event of unspeakable horror.
Description by Koch Entertainment Distribution:
Narrated by Gene Hackman and featuring interviews with Steven Spielberg, Sidney Lumet and other prominent filmmakers and historians, IMAGINARY WITNESS takes the viewer on a 60-year journey from the American ambivalence during the heyday of Nazism, through the silence of the post-war years, and into the end of the 20th century. Using rare newsreel footage as well as gripping clips from over forty films (Schindler's List, Sophie's Choice and more) this thrilling documentary explores Hollywood's involvement with and attitude towards one of the most horrific events in world history.
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