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Something to smile about. Productions I was involved in not so long ago.
Dogging by Matthew Reed
Nazi Megastructures, a documentary for National Geographic
Not mine but important. The power of film.
A film unfinished
Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A Film Unfinished (Hebrew title: שתיקת הארכיון Shtikat haArkhion, German title: Geheimsache Ghettofilm) is a 2010 documentary film by Yael Hersonski, which re-examines the making of an unfinished 1942 German propaganda film (titled Das Ghetto, “The Ghetto”) depicting the Warsaw Ghetto two months before the mass extermination of its inhabitants in the German operation known as the Grossaktion Warsaw. The documentary features interviews with surviving ghetto residents and a re-enactment of testimony from Willy Wist, one of the camera operators who filmed scenes for Das Ghetto. It premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the “World Cinema Documentary Editing Award”, the film was released theatrically in the US on 18 August 2010.
And this is how the NAZI propaganda wanted Germans to see the ghetto. Source is Wikipedia.
Theresienstadt:Der Führer schenkt den Juden eine Stadt
Terezin: A Documentary Film from the Jewish Settlement Area was a black-and-white projected Nazi propaganda film shot in the concentration camp of Theresienstadt.
In the summer of 1944, the Nazi government had perpetrated a hoax against the Danish Red Cross by taking them on a tour of the Theresienstadt concentration camp in the occupied Czech Republic. They “beautified” and cleaned the camp prior to arrival and arranged cultural activities to give the appearance of a happy, industrious community. To cover up the endemic overpopulation of the camp, numerous inmates were deported to Auschwitz before the arrival of the Red Cross delegation.
The gimmick was so successful that SS commander Hans Günther attempted to expand on it by having Kurt Gerron, a Jewish actor-director, make a short film about the camp to assure audiences that the inmates kept there were not being abused. In return, the Nazis promised that he would live. Shooting took 11 days, starting September 1, 1944.
Shortly after Gerron finished shooting the film, however, both he and other cast members were “evacuated” to Auschwitz, where they were gassed upon arrival.