Past revisited with a ‘new great’

     (PNAN-CALIF) – For its 25th anniversary, Claude Lanzmann’s historical documentary, “Shoah” has been re-released in a new 35mm print.  Two screenings are scheduled for Saturday, February 5 (first half) and Sunday, February 6 (second half), both with start times at 1:00 pm at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. Also on Sunday, February 13 at 11:00 am, the complete film will be shown.

     Twelve years in the making, “Shoah” is a monumental epic on the Holocaust featuring interviews with survivors, bystanders and perpetrators, but does not contain any historical footage, other than scenes of places where the crimes took place.

     Filmmaker Landzmann was troubled that the Holocaust was becoming more of a history fact without any realization to the extent of the genocide, but this re-released is a triumph of form and content that reveals hidden truths while rewriting the rules of documentary filmmaking.

     By making the past present, this complex work, “Shoah” is a fearlessly, radically and relentlessly film that listens to the unspeakable and photographs what cannot be seen. The recounting of endless detail works together, as it is re-told, to create an overwhelming experience of a time in history.

     Considered by many to be one of the greatest films ever made, this epic-nine-and-a-half hour work will also be presented by the Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley on February 20, 26 and 27.

     For tickets and other information, call 415.978.2787 or see

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