Directed by Claude Lanzmann. Claude Lanzmann’s four-hour coda to his epic Holocaust documentary Shoah finds the dogged filmmaker exhuming a long, troubling interview (shot in 1975) that did not fit into his nine-hour masterpiece. The subject is Benjamin Murmelstein, an Austrian rabbi who led the Jewish council at Theresienstadt, the Nazis’ notorious “model” concentration camp. Though branded a collaborator by many, Murmelstein argues that he negotiated daily with Holocaust architect Adolf Eichmann to aid and save the Jews at Terezin. “An enthralling portrait of an exceptionally brilliant and articulate man who personified the courage, complexity and moral ambiguity of his tortured time.” –Wall St. Journal. Cleveland premiere.
France/Austria, 2013, subtitles, color, Blu-ray, 218 min.
Admission is $12; CMA members, seniors 65 & over, students $10; no vouchers or passes.