One contest closes and another begins. THUS IS THE CIRCLE OF GIVING. The kind folks at Oscilloscope Laboratories has offered up TWO copies of their brand new release, A Film Unfinished, for giveaway here at The Documentary Blog. For those of you who are unfamiliar, here’s a little info on the film:
At the end of WWII, 60 minutes of raw film, having sat undisturbed in an East German archive, was discovered. Shot by the Nazis in Warsaw in May 1942, and labeled simply “Ghetto,” this footage quickly became a resource for historians seeking an authentic record of the Warsaw Ghetto. However, the later discovery of a long-missing reel complicated earlier readings of the footage. A FILM UNFINISHED presents the raw footage in its entirety, carefully noting fictionalized sequences (including a staged dinner party) falsely showing “the good life” enjoyed by Jewish urbanites, and probes deep into the making of a now-infamous Nazi propaganda film.
A FILM UNFINISHED is a film of enormous import, documenting some of the worst horrors of our time and exposing the efforts of its perpetrators to propel their agenda and cast it in a favorable light.
Along with the usual fancy cardboard packaging, the DVD will also include a solid collection of special features, including:
Interview with author and film researcher Adrian Wood
Scholar Michael Berenbaum on A Film Unfinished
Death Mills (1945) – A short film by Billy Wilder – includes some of the first footage shot from within concentration camps post-liberation
Study Guide – for educators and students to gain a deeper understanding of the themes and lessons in the film
With an exclusive essay by author and film scholar Annette Insdorf
If you’d like to enter for a chance to win your own copy of A Film Unfinished, simply send me an email here with ‘A FILM UNFINISHED’ in the subject line. Be sure to include your full name and mailing address and I will announce the winner sometime next week. Good luck!