Sunday, March 30
West Newton Cinema
1296 Washington St, Newton, MA
(Online through 3/29. Day of Show tickets available at theatre)
Special Advance Screening - New England Premiere
Introduction by Antony Polonsky
The Last of the Unjust
A New Film Directed by Claude Lanzmann (Shoah)
"A historic film." -- The New Yorker
"A monumental film." -- Film Comment
"Fascinating and Impressive... portrait of an individual whose actions still defy comprehension, and the self-portrait of an artist consumed by the past." -- The New York Times
"Utterly fascinating. A reminder of another way documentaries can be made: simply, agonizingly, without comedy or narcissism, and with unforgettable, almost unbearable power." -- Esquire
"This is a mesmerizing film." -- Wolf's Entertainment Guide
With Shoah, Claude Lanzmann re-oriented our understanding of the defining event of the 20th century. 30 years after that cinematic milestone, Lanzmann does so once again.
At the center of The Last of the Unjust is Benjamin Murmelstein, the last President of the Jewish Council in the Theresienstadt ghetto in Czechoslovakia and the only "Elder of the Jews" not to have been killed during the war. A rabbi in Vienna following the annexation of Austria by Germany in 1938, Murmelstein fought bitterly with Adolf Eichmann, week after week for seven years, managing to help around 121,000 Jews leave the country, and preventing the liquidation of the ghetto.
In a series of interviews Lanzmann shot in 1975, Murmelstein, a charismatic, wry and authentic storyteller, candidly reflects on his unique historical role, one for which he was both demonized and celebrated. Lanzmann's new epic documentary provides an incisive view of a complex, beguiling character and exposes without artifice the savage contradictions of the Jewish Councils.
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