Indelible Shadows: Film and the Holocaust / Edition 3

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Indelible Shadows investigates some of the profound questions raised by any attempt to create a film based on the Holocaust. How does one make a movie that is both morally just and marketable? Annette Insdorf recognizes the dilemma inherent in dealing with this sensitive and controversial subject. She probes cinematic language and its capacity to stimulate the audience's moral consideration. The book not only provides sensitive readings of individual films but also analyzes more theoretical issues such as the "truth claims" of the cinematic medium.
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A paper reprint of the original (1983) to which a brief new foreword by Elie Wiesel has been added. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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"The standard book on the Holocaust in film..." The Nation

"...this book is a key source for this area and it is excellent to have available again." Fred Davies

"Indelible Shadows is a thoroughly researched and excellently compiled book."
Maria Kornatowska, The Polish Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521016308
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/25/2002
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 801,360
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

1 The Hollywood Version of the Holocaust 3
2 Meaningful Montage 27
3 Styles of Tension 43
4 Black Humor 59
5 The Jew as Child 77
6 In Hiding/Onstage 93
7 Beautiful Evasions? 111
8 The Condemned and Doomed 125
9 Political Resistance 139
10 The Ambiguity of Identity 159
11 The New German Guilt 177
12 The Personal Documentary 199
13 From Judgment to Illumination 221
14 The Holocaust as Genre 245
15 Rediscoveries 250
16 Rescuers in Fiction Films 258
17 The Ironic Touch 276
18 Dysfunction as Distortion: The Holocaust Survivor on Screen and Stage 293
19 Documentaries of Return 300
Annotated Filmography (Third Edition) 313
Filmography (Second Edition) 357
Notes 367
Bibliography (Second Edition) 377
Bibliography (Third Edition) 383
Relevant Websites 389
Index 391
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