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Shoah

Claude Lanzmann

 
Shoah (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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SRP: $99.95

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  • France
  • 1985
  • 550 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.33:1
  • French, Italian, German, Hebrew, Yiddish, Polish, English
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  • Spine #663

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.

Disc Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION:

  • New, restored 4K digital film transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Three additional films by director Claude Lanzmann: A Visitor from the Living (1999, 68 minutes); Sobibór, October 14, 1943, 4 p.m. (2001, 102 minutes); and The Karski Report (2010, 49 minutes)
  • New conversation between Lanzmann and critic Serge Toubiana
  • Interview with Lanzmann from 2003 about A Visitor from the Living and Sobibór
  • New interview with Caroline Champetier, assistant camera person on Shoah, and filmmaker Arnaud Desplechin
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Kent Jones and writings by Lanzmann

Film Essays

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Approaching Shoah

By Kent Jones June 25, 2013

How Claude Lanzmann made a thoughtful film about the unthinkable and unfilmable. Read more »

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Claude Lanzmann Revisits Shoah in a New Documentary

May 03, 2016

Last night, HBO premiered British filmmaker Adam Benzine’s Oscar-nominated documentary Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah. In interviews and dug-up footage, Benzine’s film traces the . . . Read more »


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Nina Hoss on Working with Christian Petzold and Preparing for Phoenix

April 20, 2016

In an interview published this week at the A. V. Club, writer Adam Nayman sits down with actor Nina Hoss, the star of Christian Petzold’s haunting 2014 film Phoenix, which we’re releasing on . . . Read more »


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Fifty Essential Documentary Films

March 29, 2016

Today, we’re celebrating the release on Blu-ray and DVD of Les Blank’s legendary Leon Russell music documentary A Poem Is a Naked Person. And while we’re on the topic of fascinating nonfiction . . . Read more »


Big Screen

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Lanzmann’s Memory Theater

By Stuart Liebman March 04, 2014

The great documentarian Claude Lanzmann’s new movie, made from footage he didn’t use in Shoah, provides a fascinating glipse at the way he began that monumental project. Read more »


Interviews


Film Essays

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Approaching Shoah

By Kent Jones June 25, 2013

How Claude Lanzmann made a thoughtful film about the unthinkable and unfilmable. Read more »

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