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Imaginary witness

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Through film excerpts of Hollywood's most important Holocaust movies this documentary tells the story of the American film industry's complex and contradictory responses to the horrors of Nazi Germany. Imaginary Witness takes us on a 60-year journey, from America's ambivalence and denial during the rise of Nazism, through the silence of the post-war years, to finally when those most deeply affected by the events - the survivors - began to speak and Hollywood's artistic community responded with moving, powerful films like Schindler's List and The Pianist, attracting millions of viewers worldwide. Told through first-hand accounts of directors, actors, writers, and producers this documentary asks hard questions about the uneasy relationship between American popular culture and the Holocaust. We find out about the difficulties and responsibility of filmmakers as they re-imagine for the screen the horrors of Nazi Germany and how film itself has the power to shape and reflect history and memory. Featuring candid interviews with directors Steven Spielberg, Sidney Lumet, Dan Curtis, Vincent Sherman, actor Rod Steiger in his last interview talking about his most acclaimed role ever in The Pawnbroker, survivors, including actor Robert Clary and producer Branko Lustig, unique footage from newsreels and the movies through the decades, including Schindler's List, Sophie's Choice, Mortal Storm, Confessions of a Nazi Spy, Diary of Anne Frank, Underground, The Pianist, the TV and film versions of Judgement at Nuremburg (the latter with Spencer Tracy), and the TV miniseries Holocaust and War and Remembrance.--Kanopy.
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[San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2014.
1 online resource (1 video file, 92 min.) : digital, stereo., sound, color
Originally produced by Anker Productions in 2004.Originally produced [S.l., s.n.] ; Port Washington, NY., Koch Lorber Films [distributor], c2004.
Directed and produced by Daniel Anker ; edited by Bruce Shaw ; co-producer, Susan Kim ; original music, Andrew Barrett ; cinematography, Tom Hurwitz, Nancy Schreiber, Dyanna Taylor.
Narrator, Gene Hackman ; commentary, Norma Barzman, Michael Berenbaum, Robert Berger, Robert Clary, Dan Curtis, Stanley Frazen, Neal Gabler, Annette Insdorf, Sidney Lumet, Branko Lustig, Abby Mann, Gene Reynolds, Sharon Rivo, Thane Rosenbaum, Vincent Sherman, Steven Spielberg, Martin Starger, Rod Steiger, George Stevens Jr., Malvin Wald, Fritz Weaver.
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Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Electronic access: - A Kanopy streaming video
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