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also known as Shtikat Haarchion

A Film Unfinished2010

  • 4.3
At the end of WWII, 60 minutes of raw film, having sat undisturbed in an East German archive, was discovered. Shot by the Nazis in Warsaw in May 1942, and labeled simply "Ghetto," this footage quickly became a resource for historians seeking an authentic record of the Warsaw Ghetto. However, the later discovery of a long-missing reel complicated earlier readings of the footage. A FILM UNFINISHED presents the raw footage in its entirety, carefully noting fictionalized sequences (including a staged dinner party) falsely showing "the good life" enjoyed by Jewish urbanites, and probes deep into the making of a now-infamous Nazi propaganda film. A FILM UNFINISHED is a film of enormous import, documenting some of the worst horrors of our time and exposing the efforts of its perpetrators to propel their agenda and cast it in a favorable light.

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While this film is not an easy experience - it is profound one. The footage this film contains,

shot by Nazi cameramen, showing the Warsaw ghetto as it really was and also staged scenes

for the "unfinished film", is as tragic as it is unbelievable to modern eyes. All the unanswerable

questions about how the German society could devolve into such a cruel genocidal insanity

while simultaneously maintaining lofty artistic and scientific facades come back so vividly as the film unfolds.

There are no pleasant answers and the images in this film will haunt forever. Sad and moving but strongly

recommended for people not afraid to confront the dark side of humanity.

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While this film is not an easy experience - it is profound one. The footage this film contains,

shot by Nazi cameramen, showing the Warsaw ghetto as it really was and also staged scenes

for the "unfinished film", is as tragic as it is unbelievable to modern eyes. All the unanswerable

questions about how the German society could devolve into such a cruel genocidal insanity

while simultaneously maintaining lofty artistic and scientific facades come back so vividly as the film unfolds.

There are no pleasant answers and the images in this film will haunt forever. Sad and moving but strongly

recommended for people not afraid to confront the dark side of humanity.

3 members like this review
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This movie receives a high rating not for its cinematic technique, but for the history it portrays. As the generations affected by WW II and the Shoah or Holocaust, die off, it's important that their successors have no illusions about the capabilities of ideological movements.

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UNFORGETABLE. If you follow my reviews, then you know that I am possessed by a desire to understand Hitler, Naziism, and especially the Holocaust. I have watched this film MANY times. I can't say it expands with more exposure, but it never fails to stun me. I think most people don't want to see this movie. If you are between 50 and 100, I think it is worth seeing because I believe it shaped the thinking in the post war era. It is so interesting because most of this film turns on the footage shot by the Nazi's and we will never know what their intent was. They juxtapose the impoverished, starving population with the images of opulent jews also living in the ghetto. What was real and what was staged? It is anyone's guess, but that is the riddle that keeps me fascinated.

Astonishing.

A horribly magnificent depiction of life in the Polish Ghetto in Warsaw during WWII. How the nazis insidiously created propaganda claiming that the Jews themselves mistreated their own less fortunate while living in the lap of luxury. How the nazis forced the residents of the ghetto to participate in the charade is particularly disturbing. There is some pretty horrible imagery used here from live footage, so I would not suggest this for the delicate in nature and most definitely NOT for children. This should be forced mandatory viewing for those imbeciles still out there in the world who claim the holocaust did not happen.

The Germans are still the germans to me only in lower case, waiting for a single finger with a uniform to to press them once again into war and war crimes. I knew a woman that was in one of these ghetttos and she never bought anything german, she was a survivor from a camp. This film shows the truth and I looked at the little girl dancing and she looked happy and God I hope she survived , My prayers tonight are for them. I still do not care for germans, and trust them only if they remain in lower case.