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(Adam Ben­zine, UK/Canada). 40 min­utes. Rat­ing: NNNN It took Claude Lanz­mann 12 years to make his dev­as­tat­ing, es­sen­tial doc­u­men­tary Shoah, and those years ex­acted a ter­ri­ble cost. In ad­di­tion to the con­sid­er­able psy­chic stress of in­ter­view­ing sur­vivors of the Holo­caust, as well as the or­di­nary peo­ple who fa­cil­i­tated the Nazis’ fi­nal so­lu­tion, Lanz­mann spent a month in the hos­pi­tal af­ter a beat­ing by the as­so­ciates of SS of­fi­cer Heinz Schu­bert, who dis­cov­ered that he and his as­sis­tant were se­cretly record­ing their in­ter­view.

The doc was pro­duced to mark Shoah’s 30th an­niver­sary, and Adam Ben­zine shows us some of that footage, and gets Lanz­mann to dis­cuss it (and key in­ci­dents in the film and its pro­duc­tion) in a tense, ef­fec­tive con­ver­sa­tion. At just 40 min­utes, this is taut and fo­cused, while Shoah was me­thod­i­cal and crush­ing, but that’s not a neg­a­tive.

Think of it as an es­sen­tial sup­ple­ment to one of the most im­por­tant doc­u­men­taries ever made.

Apr 25, 9 pm, TIFF 3; Apr 28, 5 pm, TIFF 3; May 1, 6: 30 pm, In­nis

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