Detroit Film Theatre


Sunday, April 27, 2014

1:00 PM Detroit Film Theatre

(France/Austria/2013—directed by Claude Lanzmann)
“In this riveting exploration of contested history, the inexhaustible Holocaust documentarian Claude Lanzmann (Shoah) revisits a 1975 interview – never made public until now – with Benjamin Murmelstein, the Viennese rabbi who worked with Adolf Eichmann to arrange for the emigration of 120,000 Jews, an ethically thorny collaboration which saved many lives, and landed Murmelstein in prison. The Nazis appointed Murmelstein as a Jewish Elder in Theresienstadt, the Czech camp used as a propaganda showcase. After liberation, he was widely considered a collaborator for his role overseeing the camp and did a stint in a Czech prison before settling in Rome. The dialogue between Murmelstein and Lanzmann is a fascinating exploration of contested history. Adding to the 1975 interview, Lanzmann makes contemporary visits to Austria, Poland, Israel and the Czech Republic, sharing his prodigious research.” –Thom Powers, Toronto International Film Festival. In French and German with English subtitles. (218 min.)                  
“Murmelstein does not lie; he is as harsh with others as himself.” –Claude Lanzmann
"A must-see. Last of the Unjust magnifies a previously under-explored tale of persecution with incredible dexterity. Lanzmann's approach maintains its gripping power." –IndieWire