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Indelible Shadows investigates questions raised by films about the Holocaust. How does one make a movie that is both morally just and marketable? Film scholar Annette Insdorf provides sensitive readings of individual films and analyzes theoretical issues such as the "truth claims" of the cinematic medium. The third edition of Indelible Shadows includes five new chapters that cover recent trends, as well as rediscoveries of motion pictures made during and just after World War II. It addresses the treatment of rescuers, as in Schindler's List; the controversial use of humor, as in Life is Beautiful; the distorted image of survivors, and the growing genre of documentaries that return to the scene of the crime or rescue. The annotated filmography offers capsule summaries and information about another hundred Holocaust films from around the world, making this edition the most comprehensive and up to date discussion of films about the Holocaust, and an invaluable resource for film programmers and educators. Annette Insdorf is Director of Undergraduate Film Studies at Columbia University, and a Professor in the Graduate Film Division of the School of the Arts. She is the author of Double Lives, Second Chances: The Cinema of Krzysztof Kielowski (Hyperion, 1999) and Francois Truffaut (Cambridge, 1995). She served as a jury member at the Berlin Film Festival and the Locarno Film Festival, and is the panel moderator at the Telluride Film Festival. Insdorf co-hosts (with Roger Ebert) Cannes Film Festival coverage for BRAVo/IFC.Read more
- Comprehensive including discussion of 170 additional films
- The films are placed in rich contexts such as 'rescuers' or 'the use of irony' while the annotated filmography groups titles by genre (non-fiction and fiction) as well as country
- It incorporates additional material, such as photos and interviews with directors
Reviews & endorsements
"The standard book on the Holocaust in film..." The NationSee more reviews
"...this book is a key source for this area and it is excellent to have available again." Fred Davies
"Indelible Shadows is a thoroughly researched and excellently compiled book."
Maria Kornatowska, The Polish Review
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- Edition: 3rd Edition
- Date Published: November 2002
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521016308
- length: 432 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 24 mm
- weight: 0.63kg
- contains: 137 b/w illus.
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
Part I. Finding an Appropriate Language:
1. The Hollywood version of the Holocaust
2. Meaningful montage
3. Styles of tension
4. Black humor
Part II. Narrative Strategies:
5. The Jew as child
6. In hiding/onstage
7. Beautiful evasions?
8. The condemned and doomed
Part III. Responses to Nazi Atrocity:
9. Political resistance
10. The ambiguity of identity
11. The new German guilt
Part IV. Shaping Reality:
12. The personal documentary
13. From judgment to illumination
Part V. Third Edition Update:
14. The Holocaust as genre
16. Rescuers in fiction films
17. The ironic touch
18. Dysfunction as distortion: the Holocaust survivor on screen and stage
19. Documentaries of return.
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