Imaginary Witness, Hollywood and the Holocaust (2004)


imaginarywitness“Over a half a century Hollywood films have dealt with Nazism and the Holocaust in complex and often contradictory ways. Marked by outrage and indifference, compassion and ignorance, the need to understand and the desire to forget. And yet while this most horrific chapter in modern world history happened far from America’s shores, it has been American movies, perhaps more than any other medium, that have shaped how we understand and remember these events. ” – Narrator

Number of Times Seen – 1 (14 Aug 2016)

Brief Synopsis – A documentary that chronicles the evolution of Hollywood’s vision of The Holocaust.

Take on it – I actually came across this movie by accident and was quite happy to see it because it involves the evolution of a movie genre that I have been tried to become quite familiar with over the years.

As a Jew, The Holocaust is something that has always had a very personal effect on me and I have always “enjoyed” watching how it has been depicted on screen.

This movie takes the genre from it’s inception during the beginning of Hitler’s rule in Germany until the Present Day and we can clearly see the changes in the way the stories are told and shown to us.

I must say that I learned a lot about the genre from this documentary because it really gives us a broad scope of the films that were made over the years and even gives us some analysis of each of them.

I believe that world perception on these events have been drastically changed over the years due to the way the films have presented this catastrophic event.

This movie also gives us some great exclusive interviews of many of the film makers and actors who have added to this ever growing genre over the years including Sidney Lument, Steven Spielberg, Fritz Weaver and Rod Steiger and it makes the stories hit home even more!

Bottom Line – Excellent film that does an amazing job really showing us how the world view has changed based largely on the way that Hollywood has depicted such a catastrophic event. It’s amazing to see how many movies have touched on this subject from the early days of Hitler’s rule through the modern age and beyond. The interviews with the various film makers who worked on these films make it even more poignant! Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Won Best documentary at the Hamptons International Film Festival in 2004. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy

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