Indelible Shadows investigates questions raised by films about the Holocaust. How does one make a movie that is both morally just and marketable? 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.
Insdorf is Director of Undergraduate Film Studies at Columbia University, where she holds the title of Professor as well as Chairman of the Doctoral Program in Film and Theater. Born in Paris, she graduated from Queens College, CUNY, and received her Ph.D. degree from Yale University, where she was a Danforth Fellow. She taught film at Yale from 1975 to 1988. She was named Chevalier dans l'ordre des arts et des lettres by the French Ministry of Culture.
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.
"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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Film and the Holocaust
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Columbia University, New York