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Indelible Shadows

Indelible Shadows
Film and the Holocaust

3rd Edition

$34.99 (G)

  • Date Published: November 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521016308

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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.

    • 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
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "The standard book on the Holocaust in film..." The Nation

    "...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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    Product details

    • Edition: 3rd Edition
    • Date Published: November 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521016308
    • length: 432 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 156 x 30 mm
    • weight: 0.73kg
    • 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
    15. Rediscoveries
    16. Rescuers in fiction films
    17. The ironic touch
    18. Dysfunction as distortion: the Holocaust survivor on screen and stage
    19. Documentaries of return.

  • Author

    Annette Insdorf, Columbia University, New York


    Elie Wiesel

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