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The Resource A film unfinished, a production of Belfilms ; coproduced with Mittle Deutsche Rundfunk (MDR), Südwestfunk (SWR), [and] Yes.docu ; in cooperation with Arte ; a film by Yael Hersonski ; producers, Itay Ken-Tor & Noemi Schory ; written and directed by Yael Hersonski, (videorecording DVD)

A film unfinished, a production of Belfilms ; coproduced with Mittle Deutsche Rundfunk (MDR), Südwestfunk (SWR), [and] Yes.docu ; in cooperation with Arte ; a film by Yael Hersonski ; producers, Itay Ken-Tor & Noemi Schory ; written and directed by Yael Hersonski, (videorecording DVD)

Label
A film unfinished
Title
A film unfinished
Statement of responsibility
a production of Belfilms ; coproduced with Mittle Deutsche Rundfunk (MDR), Südwestfunk (SWR), [and] Yes.docu ; in cooperation with Arte ; a film by Yael Hersonski ; producers, Itay Ken-Tor & Noemi Schory ; written and directed by Yael Hersonski
Contributor
Artistic director
Screenwriter
Author
Composer
Cinematographer
Director
Film editor
Interviewee
Narrator
Producer
Subject
Genre
Language
  • eng
  • ger
  • heb
  • pol
  • yid
  • eng
  • eng
Summary
  • At the end of WWII, 60 minutes of raw film in an East German archive was discovered. Shot by the Nazis in Warsaw in May of 1942, the film became a resource for historians seeking an authentic record of the Warsaw Ghetto. The later discovery of a long-missing reel, including multiple takes and cameramen staging scenes, complicated earlier readings of the footage. Presented is the raw footage in its entirety, falsely showing the 'good life' of Jewish urbanites. Included is an interview, and more
  • Death Mills: "Directed by...Billy Wilder for the U.S. War Department in 1945, [this film] was originally intended for screening in occupied Germany and Austria and featured a German language soundtrack...[T]he first documentary to show what the Allies found when they liberated the Nazi extermination camps: the survivors, the conditions, and the evidence of mass murder." -- Onscreen menu
Related
Awards note
Winner, World cinema doc editing award, Sundance Film Festival ; Winner, Best International Feature, Hot Docs Film Festival ; Winner, Documentary screenplay award, AFI/Silverdocs Film Festival.
Cataloging source
TEFMT
Characteristic
videorecording
Credits note
Editor, Joëlle Alexis ; director of photography, Itai Neeman ; music, Ishai Adar ; art director, Lin Baru
Dewey number
940.54009438
Intended audience
Not rated
Language note
In English, German, Hebrew, Polish, and Yiddish ; optional English subtitles; subtitled in English for the deaf and hard of hearing [SDH]
LC call number
D765.2.W3
LC item number
F55 2011
PerformerNote
Witnesses, Hanna Avrutzki, Luba Gewisser, Jurek (David) Plonski, Aliza Vitis-Shomron, Shula Zeder ; narration read by Rona Kenan
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
  • 1928-
  • 1970-
  • 1955-
  • 1945-
  • 1906-2002
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Hersonski, Yael
  • Ken Tor, Itay
  • Schory, Noemi
  • Avrutzky, Hana
  • Gewisser, Luba
  • Płonski, Dawid Jerzy
  • Ṿiṭis-Shomron, ʻAlizah
  • Zeder, Shula
  • Kenan, Rona
  • Alexis, Joelle
  • Neeman, Itai
  • Adar, Yishai
  • Baru, Lin
  • Wood, Adrian
  • Berenbaum, Michael
  • Wilder, Billy
  • Insdorf, Annette
  • Belfilms (Firm)
  • Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk
  • Südwestfunk (Baden-Baden, Germany)
  • Yes Docu (Firm : Israel)
  • Arte (Firm)
  • Oscilloscope Laboratories (Firm)
Runtime
90
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
  • Jews
  • Concentration camps
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Nazi propaganda
  • Documentary films
  • Documentary films
  • Motion pictures
  • Warsaw (Poland)
  • Germany
  • Germany
Technique
live action
Label
A film unfinished, a production of Belfilms ; coproduced with Mittle Deutsche Rundfunk (MDR), Südwestfunk (SWR), [and] Yes.docu ; in cooperation with Arte ; a film by Yael Hersonski ; producers, Itay Ken-Tor & Noemi Schory ; written and directed by Yael Hersonski, (videorecording DVD)
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • Study guide features an essay by author and film historian, Annette Insdorf
  • Originally produced in 2010
  • Extra features: Interview with author and film researcher Adrian Wood (ca. 15 min.); Scholar Michael Berenbaum on A Film Unfinished (ca. 4 min.); Death Mills (1945, 22 min.; directed by Billy Wilder; new telecine made from archival 16mm elements); Study guide in pdf format [DVD-ROM feature]
Color
mixed
Configuration of playback channels
stereophonic
Contents
Lost history -- Jewish Council -- "I might see my mother" -- Flowers, furniture, teapot -- Auerswald's reports -- Willy Wist, cameraman -- Garbage and lipstick -- Waiting to die -- Smuggling -- Underground Jewish archive -- Surprising discovery -- Dinner and theater -- "A Jew film" -- Death -- Ghetto in color -- "Today I can cry" -- Faces
Dimensions
4 3/4 in.
Dimensions
other
Extent
1 videodisc (90 min.)
Medium for sound
videodisc
Other control number
896602002258
Other physical details
sd., col. and b&w
Publisher number
  • OSC 25
  • OSC-025
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
videodisc
System control number
  • 2574961
  • (OCoLC)ocn691379936
  • (OCoLC)691379936
  • 2574961
System details
  • DVD; NTSC, Region 0 ; 1.78:1 aspect ratio ; stereo
  • Access to Study Guide requires computer with DVD-ROM drive and Adobe Reader software
Video recording format
DVD
Label
A film unfinished, a production of Belfilms ; coproduced with Mittle Deutsche Rundfunk (MDR), Südwestfunk (SWR), [and] Yes.docu ; in cooperation with Arte ; a film by Yael Hersonski ; producers, Itay Ken-Tor & Noemi Schory ; written and directed by Yael Hersonski, (videorecording DVD)
Publication
Note
  • Study guide features an essay by author and film historian, Annette Insdorf
  • Originally produced in 2010
  • Extra features: Interview with author and film researcher Adrian Wood (ca. 15 min.); Scholar Michael Berenbaum on A Film Unfinished (ca. 4 min.); Death Mills (1945, 22 min.; directed by Billy Wilder; new telecine made from archival 16mm elements); Study guide in pdf format [DVD-ROM feature]
Color
mixed
Configuration of playback channels
stereophonic
Contents
Lost history -- Jewish Council -- "I might see my mother" -- Flowers, furniture, teapot -- Auerswald's reports -- Willy Wist, cameraman -- Garbage and lipstick -- Waiting to die -- Smuggling -- Underground Jewish archive -- Surprising discovery -- Dinner and theater -- "A Jew film" -- Death -- Ghetto in color -- "Today I can cry" -- Faces
Dimensions
4 3/4 in.
Dimensions
other
Extent
1 videodisc (90 min.)
Medium for sound
videodisc
Other control number
896602002258
Other physical details
sd., col. and b&w
Publisher number
  • OSC 25
  • OSC-025
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
videodisc
System control number
  • 2574961
  • (OCoLC)ocn691379936
  • (OCoLC)691379936
  • 2574961
System details
  • DVD; NTSC, Region 0 ; 1.78:1 aspect ratio ; stereo
  • Access to Study Guide requires computer with DVD-ROM drive and Adobe Reader software
Video recording format
DVD

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