Tag: WWII

TJFF: Edith Jorisch’s The Heir / L’heritier (2017)

TJFF: Edith Jorisch’s The Heir / L’heritier (2017)

May 11, 2017 | By

Review of The Heir / L’heritier (2017), Edith Jorisch’s chronicle of her grandfather’s efforts to reclaim 3 paintings stolen by the Nazis in 1939. The short documentary screens May 11 at TJFF 2017. Also happening tonight: rare 35mm screenings of Joshua Then and Now (TJFF) + Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (The Royal).

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Exit: Music and Saving Masterpieces of Classical Music

Exit: Music and Saving Masterpieces of Classical Music

February 15, 2017 | By

Review of James Murdoch and Simon Wynberg’s documentary Exit: Music, currently playing at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema.

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Film: Exit: Music (2016)

Film: Exit: Music (2016)

February 15, 2017 | By

James Murdoch and Simon Wynberg’s documentary on Jewish German composers who fled Nazi Germany could’ve been developed into a multi-part docu-series, but in synthesizing the specific chapters of five unique figures in contemporary music circa WWII…

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WWII Dramas: Anthropoid (2016) + Eye of the Needle (1981)

WWII Dramas: Anthropoid (2016) + Eye of the Needle (1981)

November 8, 2016 | By

Reviews of two underrated WWII dramas, Sean Ellis’ docu-drama Anthropoid (2016) from Universal + Richard Marquand’s vivid film version of Ken Follett’s Eye of the Needle (1981) from Twilight Time, and from the archives, Ellis’ Cashback (2006) + The Broken (2008)

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BR: Triumph of the Will / Triumph des Willens (1935)

BR: Triumph of the Will / Triumph des Willens (1935)

February 5, 2016 | By

Perhaps the ultimate and scariest propaganda film ever made – and rightly so – Leni Riefenstahl’s self-professed ‘document’ of the 1934 Nazi Party Congress in Nuremberg was a meticulously plotted production designed from the ground-up to assault the senses of German audiences and make it clear Adolph Hitler was not only the country’s man in charge, but its self-appointed savior and visionary…

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Film: Victory of the Faith / Der Sieg der Glaubens (1933)

Film: Victory of the Faith / Der Sieg der Glaubens (1933)

February 5, 2016 | By

In 1933, Leni Riefenstahl made the move from dancer, actress, and fiction film director to documentaries, launching her new career as the Third Reich’s premiere propaganda filmmaker with her hour-long chronicle of the fifth NSDAP party rally, held in Nuremberg in 1933…

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Film: Nuremberg – Its Lessons for Today / Nuremberg / Nürnberg und seine Lehre (1948)

Film: Nuremberg – Its Lessons for Today / Nuremberg / Nürnberg und seine Lehre (1948)

February 4, 2016 | By

After the fall of Nazi Germany in 1945, one of the U.S. Government’s efforts to de-Nazify Germans was via film screenings, and Stuart Schulberg made his first and only effort as director with this documentary that assembled courtroom footage from the Nuremberg trials…

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