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The Last Flight of Petr Ginz2011

  • 4.1
By 14 he had written five novels and penned a diary about the Nazi occupation of Prague. By 16 he had produced 170 drawings and paintings, edited an underground magazine in the Jewish ghetto, written numerous short stories and had walked to the gas chamber at Auschwitz. Slight and stoop-shouldered, filled with intellectual curiosity but prone to mischief, Petr Ginz read voraciously, wrote constantly, developed cryptographs to record BBC broadcasts, built exploding toy cannons to frighten his classmates, and drew and painted a world full of adventure and exotic locations. In his novel, an allegory about Hitler, Petr wrote and illustrated the story of a giant robotic creature that is used by the government to terrorize the people. Through Petr's artwork, novels, short stories and magazine articles, interwoven with fantastical animation, this unconventional documentary portrait reveals his journey from precocious child to young adult, from innocence to the painful awareness of inhumanity, from gifted artist and writer to prodigy. Although Petr's life ended at Auschwitz, it is not a story of tragedy but celebration, a testament to how a boy’s wonder and creative expression represent the best of what makes us human.

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What an amazingly told story! I imagine Petr Ginz, the films subject, would have greatly appreciated this film and the sense of wonder and truth it brings. The use of documentary style mixed with animation, both Petr's work and the animator's --does not mention animator(s) name(s) above and did not see their name(s) in credits--, lends to a remarkably unique experience. The title of the film is both appropriate and haunting...leaves a sense of longing when you revisit the title at the end.

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What an amazingly told story! I imagine Petr Ginz, the films subject, would have greatly appreciated this film and the sense of wonder and truth it brings. The use of documentary style mixed with animation, both Petr's work and the animator's --does not mention animator(s) name(s) above and did not see their name(s) in credits--, lends to a remarkably unique experience. The title of the film is both appropriate and haunting...leaves a sense of longing when you revisit the title at the end.

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After 8 minutes this film had introduced about eight different themes, couldn't settle, so I lost patience. Over hyped.

What a sad story. It cannot bring him back, so it will help him, instead, to live forever.

A beautiful production.