Thursday, May 30, 2013

A Visitor from the Living

1979, Claude Lanzmann

An ICRC representative (Maurice Rossel) visits a notorious concentration camp in 1942. Meanwhile, months of preparation have already gone into putting in place an elaborate deception so that the representative is completely fooled into thinking that nothing terribly wrong is going on. More than anything else it is the victims-to-be themselves, who have been terrorized into staging the drama of deception.The film is an offshoot of the footage of the classic Shoah, Lanzmann's definitive study of the holocaust.


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