Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah

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Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah

Adam Benzine
GB/Kanada, 2015
Documentaries, 41min, OmeU

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Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah

Adam Benzine
GB/Kanada, 2015
Documentaries, 41min, OmeU

Cast: 
Claude Lanzmann
Screenplay: 
Adam Benzine
Sound: 
Daniel Hewett
Camera: 
Alex Ordanis
Editor: 
Tiffany Beaudin
Composer: 
Joel Goodman

Production: 
Jet Black Iris America, HBo, zDF/Arte, DR
World Sales: 
Cinephil
Format: 
DCP
Color

Claude Lanzmann’s 1985 documentary SHOAH is considered by many to be the most important film ever made about the Holocaust and is arguably one of the greatest documentaries of all time. Director Adam Benzine gained exclusive access to Lanzmann, who sat down to discuss at length the making of his masterwork, including the secret filming of former Nazis; the lengthy process of convincing traumatized survivors to open up on camera; and the exhausting challenge of chronicling one of the greatest atrocities in history. Faced with financial troubles and death threats, the project almost drove him to suicide. In addition to Lanzmann’s testimony, the film features never-before-seen material shot by the director and his team. Marking the 30th anniversary of SHOAH’s release, as well as the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, CLAUDE LANZMANN: SPECTRES OF THE SHOAH is a fascinating portrait of this French master. (Jay Rosenblatt)

In the presence of Adam Benzine.