Protocols of Zion
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Levin subsequently turned to the 100-year-old book The Protocols of the Meetings of the Learned Elders of Zion, which was exposed as a forgery in the 1920s but is still followed by a disconcertingly large number of anti-Semites across the globe. After examining the book-which was furtively written by the Russian Secret Police and was alleged to be the meeting minutes of a group of Jews who were hell-bent on world domination-Levin decided to explore some of the protocols in his film.
Traveling across America with his father Levin encounters various hate-filled figures and attempts to understand their feelings toward Jews. His most entertaining Michael Moore-like excursions take place in New York City where he encounters people whose oddball behavior does a fine job of discrediting their views and attends a discussion group about Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ. However these moments are tempered by some jaw-dropping footage of an Egyptian TV mini-series based on the Protocols book and the Malaysian prime minister paraphrasing from the pages in 2003. Creating a fascinating and worthwhile film Levin sensibly discounts various crackpot theories but makes it clear that many of the people who spread anti-Semitic feeling remain worryingly influential.
"A valuable and frightening survey of contemporary anti-Semitism." -- New York Post
"Ghoulishly funny and smartly sobering." -- Newsday
"a compelling case that authenticates our greatest fears." -- San Francisco Examiner
"Protocols of Zion makes its case expertly and powerfully." -- The New York Times
- Question-and-Answer with the Filmmaker
- Deleted Scenes
- Trailer Gallery
- "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion" timeline
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Director Marc Levin investigates the resurgence of anti-Semitism in the 2000s. He discusses the famous forgery The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion and what it reveals about anti-Semites and their paranoia.
The basic problem with this film is that it has nothing original to say. Director Marc Levin does some interviews with various people who agree that the Protocols are true and with those who work to combat anti-Semitism. The film starts off pretty well, but it soon becomes very boring and repetitive. Levin puts various members of his family in the film; I thought that the "family" scenes were especially tedious.
We also had a couple of other quibbles. The audio was distorted and we had to turn the volume up to hear the film. (There are no captions). Also, the DVD contains several previews and it was not possible to skip them by going straight to the disc menu.
In summary, I recommend that potential viewers skip this film.
I assumed from the title it would expose "THE PROTOCOLS" for being the forgery and fraud that it is, and this video just does not do that.
IT was disjointed, and confusing, jumping from just a tiny bit of PROTOCOL history, to 9-11, to MEL GIBSON'S "PASSION OF THE CHRIST", to the ISRAEL/PALESTINE conflict, to anti-Semitic hate groups, to a scene with prisoners.
SOME scenes had me curious if this was pro or anti "PROTOCLS".
IT just does not make the connection of the "PROTOCOLS" to modern day anti-JUDAISM.
IT would have been much better to stay with its title, the history of THE PROTOCOLS, and the fact that it has been proven more than once as a forgery and a fraud.
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Sound quality was poor...at the very beginning the sound was fine but within 20 minutes of viewing there was no sound then it resumed at the end showing the credits. Read morePublished 18 months ago by April Ponder
I used the movie in my US History class as part of our unit on the Holocaust and antisemitism. Worked great with my high schoolers and the reaction papers I got back showed it had... Read morePublished on May 15, 2013 by Jess
i give this dvd ..-1 star..no information about the protocals of zion.its all about alan levin.he isnt going to say its all true is he? ..crapp dvd.. Read morePublished on December 17, 2012 by Amazon Customer
I gave this review 4 stars because of the concise nature of this documentary recounting Anti-Semitism in America.
Very clearly this was conveyed within this DVD. Read more
I received a copy that had no sound and I was sent another copy that also had no sound.I returned both copies by mail at my expense and requiring a signature for delivery. Read morePublished on March 27, 2012 by Gene S.S.
I read the book and watched the dvd by Marc Levin (called Protocols of Zion). I thought both were worth my time. Read morePublished on January 22, 2011 by C. Severance
Interesting theory. However, the DVD "The Illuminati Protocols of Zion: The Plot Against Israel by Doc Marquis is way more accurate.Published on September 28, 2010 by JSR700
I know so many otherwise intelligent and sensible human beings who believe that 9/11 was "an inside job. Read morePublished on August 8, 2010 by Bernard Chapin