Friday, 27 September 2013

BFI LFF PREVIEW: THE LAST OF THE UNJUST


Claude Lanzmann's The Last of the Unjust is his sixth film for cinema, and his first in twelve years. He returns to the Holocaust as his subject, after 1985's celebrated nine-hour-plus Shoah, regarded by many as one of the greatest documentaries ever made, if not one of the greatest films outright, and certainly the greatest film about the Holocaust. Benjamin Murmelstein is interviewed by Lanzmann, and his role in the execution of so many jews at the Nazis' 'model ghetto' Theresienstadt examined. There are few, if any, documentarians quite like Claude Lanzmann, and critics responded well when the film screened at Cannes back in May; I failed to post a round-up of reviews for the film then, so here are links to reports in Variety, Slant, IndieWire and The Hollywood Reporter. It'll be one of the last films I see at the LFF, on the festival's final day, Sunday the 20th.