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Author Haltof, Marek, author

Title Screening Auschwitz : Wanda Jakubowska's The last stage and the politics of commemoration / Marek Haltof
Published Evanston, Illinois : Northwestern University Press, 2018
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Series Cultural expressions of World War II: interwar preludes, responses, memory
Cultural expressions of World War II.
Contents The Auschwitz-Birkenau number 43513 -- "Stalin was moved to tears" : the script -- Return to Auschwitz : the making of the Holocaust classic -- The film and its reception -- Fighting Auschwitz : the heroic account of the camp -- Representation of the Holocaust in the last stage -- The legacy of Wanda Jakubowska
Summary Screening Auschwitz examines the classic Polish Holocaust film The Last Stage (Ostatni etap), directed by the Auschwitz survivor Wanda Jakubowska (1907-1998). Released in 1948, The Last Stage was a pioneering work and the first narrative film to portray the Nazi German camp. Haltof's fascinating book offers to English-speaking readers a wealth of new materials and sources, mostly from original Polish sources and obtained through extensive archival research. With its powerful dramatization of the camp experience, The Last Stage shaped subsequent Shoah films, establishing several quasi-documentary themes easily discernible in later Holocaust narratives: the dark, "realistic" images of the camp; the passionate moralistic appeal; and the clear divisions between victims and perpetrators. Jakubowska's film introduced the images of camp life that are now archetypal--for example, morning and evening roll calls on the Appelplatz, the arrival of transport trains at Birkenau, the separation of families, and tracking shots over the belongings left by the gassed camp victims. These and other images reinforced the depiction of Nazi German concentration camps and are discernible in a number of subsequent American films, including George Stevens's The Diary of Anne Frank (1959), Alan Pakula's Sophie's Choice (1982), and Steven Spielberg's Schindler's List (1993). Haltof discusses the unusual circumstances that surrounded the production of the film on location at Auschwitz-Birkenau and summarizes critical debates surrounding the film's release. The book offers much of interest to film historians and readers interested in the Holocaust. -- Provided by Publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 147-186), filmography (page 189), and index
Subject Jakubowska, Wanda, 1907-1998 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Ostatni etap (Motion picture)
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945), in motion pictures.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2017038008
ISBN 9780810136083 (electronic bk.)
9780810136090 (electronic bk.)