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I Was There in Color2009

  • 3.7
While combing the world's archives for historical material to use for an Israeli history channel that never came to fruition, Avishai Kfir discovered a remarkable cache of color home movies shot by a Jewish-American businessman who made frequent trips to Israel during its early years. I WAS THERE IN COLOR tracks Fred Monosson’s footage from his travels to Europe immediately after WWII, witnessing firsthand the destruction of cities and fresh ruins of concentration camps to the first stirrings of the Zionist state taking root in British Palestine. Monosson’s philanthropy granted him unusual access and in his footage we see legendary figures like Golda Meir and David Ben-Gurion at ease. Though Monosson himself remains something of an enigma, his footage will be of significant interest to those curious about Israel’s early history.

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Member Reviews (2)

The old footage is fascinating, but the narrator is a bit overwhelming with the story he wanted to tell. I would have loved to see longer forms of the footage to sink into a sense of what it was like in those times. It just flashes frequently back and forth from one scene to another and left me wanting more. At one point you can see Ben Gurion talking but the narrator just paraphrases what he was saying. It also would have been nice to hear some of the original sounds, etc. I would love to see someone take the raw video footage and re-work it. It could be an amazing documentary.

Unique historical footage. A great story.