In this 1985 sprawling documentary epic, French director Lanzmann nobly takes us inside Nazi concentration camps in Poland, interweaving hours of intimate testimonies from Jewish survivors. “Shoah” (meaning “catastrophe” in Hebrew) is deepened by the fact that Lanzmann did not speak their language, and had to rely on a translator to unspool these stories rather than rely on archival footage.
Member-based streaming video service SundanceNow Doc Club will host the exclusive digital premiere of this saga of cinema. Named the number two “Greatest Documentary of All Time” by Sight & Sound Magazine, “Shoah,” which has never before been available online, will stream exclusively on Doc Club beginning on Sunday, November 9.
Created from the grainy and beautiful original 16mm negative, this restored 4K HD transfer is presented in its original 1.37:1 aspect ratio, as recently released on Blu-Ray and DVD by the Criterion Collection.