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Indelible shadows : film and the Holocaust
Insdorf, Annette.
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Third edition.
Publication Information:
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2003.
Physical Description:
xix, 410 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Finding an appropriate language. The Hollywood version of the Holocaust ; Meaningful montage ; Styles of tension ; Black humor -- Narrative strategies. The Jew as child ; In hiding/onstage ; Beautiful evasions? ; The condemned and doomed -- Responses to Nazi atrocity. Political resistance ; The ambiguity of identity ; The new German guilt -- Shaping reality. The personal documentary ; From judgment to illumination -- Third edition update. The Holocaust as genre ; Rediscoveries ; Rescuers in fiction films ; The ironic touch ; Dysfunction as distortion: the Holocaust survivor on screen and stage ; Documentaries of return.

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PN1995.9.H53 I57 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Indelible Shadows investigates questions raised by films about the Holocaust. How does one make a movie that is both morally just and marketable? Annette Insdorf provides sensitive readings of individual films and analyzes theoretical issues such as the 'truth claims' of the cinematic medium. The third edition of Indelible Shadows includes five additional chapters that cover recent trends, as well as rediscoveries of motion pictures made during and just after World War II. It addresses the treatment of rescuers, as in 'Schindler's List'; the controversial use of humor, as in 'Life is Beautiful'; the distorted image of survivors, and the growing genre of documentaries that return to the scene of the crime or rescue. The annotated filmography offers capsule summaries and information about another hundred Holocaust films from around the world, making this edition an extremely comprehensive discussion of films about the Holocaust, and an invaluable resource for film programmers and educators.

Table of Contents

Part I Finding an Appropriate Language
1 The Hollywood version of the Holocaust
2 Meaningful montage
3 Styles of tension
4 Black humor
Part II Narrative Strategies
5 The Jew as child
6 In hiding/onstage
7 Beautiful evasions?
8 The condemned and doomed
Part III Responses to Nazi Atrocity
9 Political resistance
10 The ambiguity of identity
11 The new German guilt
Part IV Shaping Reality
12 The personal documentary
13 From judgment to illumination
Part V Third Edition Update
14 The Holocaust as genre
15 Rediscoveries
16 Rescuers in fiction films
17 The ironic touch
18 Dysfunction as distortion: the Holocaust survivor on screen and stage
19 Documentaries of return