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The Holocaust (1934-1945)

2013 TOP TEN HOME VIDEOS AND STREAMING

  1. Shoah (the Criterion Collection DVD and Blu-ray) This is what people should be binge-watching. Claude Lanzmann filmed his nine-and-a-half-hour documentary on the Holocaust in the late ’70s, when it was still a living memory for the middle-aged survivors and Nazi officials he interviews at length, and when little had changed the stretches of rural Europe once belted by prisoner trains and concentration camps. Thus Shoah captures Hitler’s genocide in the past continuous tense, something that is part of recent history but not removed to the safe entombment of musty pages or scratched archival footage. An unforgettable experience. 2. Wake in Fright (Drafthouse DVD,...

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