Leon Blum: For All Mankind

Leon Blum: For All Mankind

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Director: Jean Bodon

Cast: Jean Bodon, Beth Kitchen, Sebastian Podstawski

     
 
As co-scripted by Jean Bodon and Antoine Malamoud and directed by Bodon, this biographical documentary relays the heart-wrenching but ultimately triumphant life story of Léon Blum (1872-1950), the first Jewish man to serve as Prime Minister of France. Blum attained recognition for the degree of progressivism in his politics, which included championing women's rights

Overview

As co-scripted by Jean Bodon and Antoine Malamoud and directed by Bodon, this biographical documentary relays the heart-wrenching but ultimately triumphant life story of Léon Blum (1872-1950), the first Jewish man to serve as Prime Minister of France. Blum attained recognition for the degree of progressivism in his politics, which included championing women's rights and forging solidarity among left-wing movements to create the Popular Front. Blum's life took a tragic and unforeseen turn, however, when his Judaic heritage and leftwing convictions got him deported to the Buchenwald Concentration Camp. Miraculously, Blum survived, and returned to his native country to lead France with another term as prime minister.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/21/2010
UPC:
0720229914406
Original Release:
2009
Rating:
NR
Source:
First Run Features
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
0:58:00
Sales rank:
68,880

Special Features

Photo Gallery; Film Notes by Blum's Grandson

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Leon Blum: For All Mankind
1. Blum's Formative Years [6:59]
2. A New Socialism [3:35]
3. The Popular Front [19:30]
4. World War II [9:21]
5. Buchenwald [7:35]
6. A Chaotic Liberation [10:31]
7. End Credits [:53]

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Leon Blum: For All Mankind 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
kudigodo More than 1 year ago
There's a pretty good chance that unless you're a fan or student of European history that you're unfamiliar with the name Leon Blum. Sound familiar, perhaps? Blum was the first Jew to lead France, but what makes the story even more powerful is that Blum was also a prisoner of the Nazis at the Buchenwald concentration camp after his term as France's Prime Minister as head of the Popular Front alliance of Leftist movements. Blum was an early supporter of women's rights and outspoken activist on behalf of workers. In 1940, his Socialist views and Jewish heritage placed him in jeopardy and the Vichy government deported him to Buchenwald. After the war, Blum was welcomed back to France and ended up being elected Prime Minister again in 1946. Blum is, for some unknown reason, a bit of a forgotten figure in World War II era history, Director Jean Bodon powerfully captures the multiple layers of Blum's life experience by incorporating interviews with former French prime ministers, writers and historians while also presenting a wealth of archival footage including the only color footage ever shot within a concentration camp along with passionate oratory by Blum, Blum's post-war conversations with U.S. President Harry S. Truman and much more. While Leon Blum: For All Mankind is a fairly modest 58-minute doc, Bodon packs into the film's 58 minutes a wealth of information that cements the importance of remembering Blum as an important part of history in the mid-20th century. An official selection of the 2010 New York Jewish Film Festival, Leon Blum: For All Mankind is now available on DVD from distrib First Run Features. While filmmaker Bodon himself stated that "documentaries have a tendency to be a bit cold," such cannot be said for this rather straightforward yet powerfully constructed documentary bringing to life a man whose story remains worthy to be told. © Written by Richard Propes The Independent Critic