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I don't know whether to love it or hate it (not a 5 at all)
on January 18, 2012
Cons: When I first got this I think I was expecting somewhat more than what was here, I fully expected something a little more groundbreaking... I expected at least a detailed explanation of this film ie: some sound(none)on the original, More details with regards to interviews(few), then without more information from interviews it leaves a big hole wide enough to fall through... The lack of information here is severe, This is definitely a film unfinished (waiting for part 2 :( jk..) This is a nazi propaganda film unedited from it's creation but was also never used, whats it for? I'm not sure and it seems nobody else is, I would have loved to see what the nazis were using this for.. It could have been an ss training film to, whos to say it was a public propaganda film, it doesn't have that flair for the dramatical feel that you almost always see when you watch anything produced by the nazis....
Pros: On the upside you do see original footage from Warsaw that not many people have probably seen, it is as always good for someone to put out a film that shows the continuing hatred of the nazis.. As long as they put the film out there is a chance people won't forget the holocaust.. Even though the nazis are basically telling the jews what to do while filming, how to do it and with much of the same hatred ( just minus the public beatings or executions)..The jewish on this were forced to do whatever the nazis wanted so you see what they want you to see, it's a chilling depiction of the holocaust and to see it in this manner( well, it makes me glad to be an american and to have not lived through this)
In the end... It's a nice piece of history, you see raving people obviously pushed to the brink, you also get a view on what the ghetto was like for real people..Very rarely do you see the ghetto in this manner, usually it's during train arrivals or during nazi roundups..It was very disturbing to see the dead and decaying laying about in the street with people milling around them ( including children) like they aren't even there.. You see how depraved it was to live in the ghetto, I mean how can you get used to death so much that even a child could walk past a decaying corpse and act as if nothing is wrong.. It's chilling and very disturbing
This is not a film to buy if you are looking for entertainment or for the horrific executions on video that you would normally see in a holocaust film...