Claude Lanzmann's epic 1985 film 'Shoah' tells the story of the Holocaust through interviews with survivors of the extermination camps, bystanders who watched or participated in mass murder, and some of the perpetrators of genocide. Sue Vice addresses Lanzmann's central role in the film and the issue of representing the unrepresentable.
SUE VICE ?is Professor of English Literature at the University of Sheffield, UK. She is the author of Introducing Bakhtin (1997), Holocaust Fiction (2000), Children Writing the Holocaust (2004) and Jack Rosenthal (2009), and the editor of Representing the Holocaust: Essays in Honour of Bryan Burns (2003).
Introduction.- 1 Lanzmann as film-maker.- 2 Documentary or 'fiction of the real'?.- 3 Archive footage.- 4 'Reincarnating' the past.- 5 Mise en scene.- 6 Lanzmann as interviewer.- 7 Poland: the ethics of filming.- 8 Testimony.- Appendix: Overview of Shoah.- Notes.- Credits.- Bibliography.