August 8, 2013

No solace to be found

During this fascinating conversation between J Hoberman and Joshua Oppenheimer, Hoberman remarks that Claude Lanzmann’s Shoah is a film that you experience, a film that is indifferent to the audience, that rolls on regardless. The DVD experience can’t quite imitate it. Some time ago, I talked to someone who saw Shoah when it screened during the film festival in Christchurch in the 1980s, perhaps all day with breaks. “We had formed a community by the end.”