A film unfinished

A film unfinished

DVD - 2010 | German
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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.
Publisher: [New York City] : Oscilloscope Laboratories, [2010]
Branch Call Number: DVD 940.54009438 FIL NVD
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (91 min.) : sd., col. and b&w ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Death mills

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You should also see "Night and Fog" by Alain Resnais. In the years after WWII, it was commonplace to see brutal concentration camp footage on TV documentaries. I thought nothing could be worse, until I saw "Night and Fog," which has a still near the end that must be the worst thing ever.

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Derringer
Jun 28, 2019

If you are like most viewers, you are sure to be left speechless while watching this documentary that clearly demonstrates the atrocious inhumanity of the Nazis during WW2.

Featuring some very disturbing images - "A Film Unfinished" not only contains footage of extreme poverty shot within the Warsaw Ghetto in Poland - But, it also includes interviews with 5 ghetto survivors who reveal the day-to-day hardships of living under the barbaric rule of the Nazis.

All-in-all - This historically significant documentary is, without question, a real eye-opening education about the horrifically brutal realities of WW2.

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CurlyWhirly
Jun 14, 2019

(Duh!) Directed by.... (Duh!) Directed by.... (Duh!) Directed by Yael Hersonski - 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."

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akirakato
Jun 14, 2019

Directed by Yael Hersonski in 2010, this 91-minute documentary re-examines the unfinished propaganda film that depicts the Warsaw Ghetto two months before the mass extermination of its inhabitants in the German operation known as the Grossaktion Warsaw.
The film features interviews with surviving ghetto residents and a re-enactment of testimony from Willy Wist, one of the camera operators who filmed scenes for Das Ghetto.
The mass graveyard scenes appear quite shocking and horrifying.

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ManMachine
Jun 12, 2019

When it comes to the harsh reality of the horrendous atrocities that the Nazis imposed upon the Jews during WW2 - "A Film Unfinished" left me absolutely speechless with disbelief that these heartless/hateful Gestapo monsters actually went to these extremes in order to exterminate these unfortunate people.

"A Film Unfinished" is unedited footage from 1942 that was shot by the Nazis within the filthy confines of the Warsaw Ghetto. These people you see living in this absolute squalor were all intended for mass murder.

Take my word for it - You really have to see "A Film Unfinished" for yourself to believe that this horror story (that goes well-beyond words) actually did happen in modern-day society of the 20th century.

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Mmegood
Jan 06, 2017

This film synopsis of the Nazi collection is startling. Survivors provider their feedback to the film that is being shown. If you are an avid historian of World War II films, you may see similar scenes portrayed. It is eerie to see the cinematography mirror these sort of documentary films that were created by the Nazis.

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coalbanks
May 06, 2013

Germans created a documentary museum piece for the Jews whom they expected to exterminate soon - failed to hear the approaching Red Army which had similar designs for them.

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sandradeet
Oct 30, 2012

This film is almost exclusively Warsaw Ghetto film. Some scenes narrated, some not. Note: hard to see the subtitles on a widescreen TV and without the translation subtitles, a lot of the film is lost.

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downsman
Apr 27, 2012

I knew a little about the Warsaw Ghetto because of the uprising there in 1943. However I have never seen such extensive footage of the interior of the Ghetto. Nor did I know of the existence of this staged propaganda footage, shot by the Germans and intended to portray Jews as uncaring by juxtaposing wealthy and well-fed Jews (often brought in from elsewhere) with the poor and the starving. I was shocked by the level of malnutrition, with people looking as if they were already in the death camps. Contemporary documents and reports, and the reaction to the footage of survivors who were children in the Ghetto, add to the emotional impact of the film, as do Nazi statistics such as eggs being allowed into the ghetto at a number which worked out to be one fifth of an egg per person per month. Also worth watching is Billy Wilder's 22 minute documentary of the Allies liberating the death camps, and forcing local German civilians to do a tour of them. Any Holocaust deniers should have their eyelids pegged open and be forced to watch this DVD.

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ashrei_rita_otr
Jan 15, 2012

An excellent documentary.
Horrifying truth like I have not seen it before. I will certainly not forget this; and I recommend this film to high school students and up.
Unbelievable what the human heart is capable of doing to his fellow man. Do not watch it too late in the evening or you will not be able to sleep well. Yes, this film will haunt you for days; and you will never forget what you saw.

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