Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust

Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust

Director: Daniel Anker Cast: Gene Hackman, Sidney Lumet, Steven Spielberg

DVD (Black & White / Wide Screen)


The American film industry took it upon itself to act as a cheerleader for United States and Allied military interests during World War II, but Hollywood was initially reluctant to directly condemn Nazi anti-Semitism, and it wasn't until years after the war ended that American filmmakers began offering a realistic, dramatic look at the horrible toll of Hitler's "final solution." Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust is a documentary which examines how filmmakers reacted to German scapegoating of Jews before, during, and after the war, ranging from the boldness of Confessions of a Nazi Spy and The Mortal Storm (both of which were produced before America entered the war) to more oblique statements during the war itself, and then finally leading to an honest portrayal of the full consequences of the Holocaust beginning in the '50s. Produced for the cable television network American Movie Classics, Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust was premiered at the 2004 Tribeca Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/13/2009
UPC: 0741952317197
Original Release: 2004
Source: Koch Lorber Films
Presentation: [B&W, Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time: 1:32:00

Special Features

Closed Caption

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gene Hackman Narrator
Sidney Lumet Participant
Steven Spielberg Participant
Branko Lustig Participant
Gene Reynolds Participant
George Stevens Participant
Rod Steiger Participant
Vincent Sherman Participant
Norma Barzman Participant
Michael Berenbaum Participant
Robert Berger Participant
Robert Clary Participant
Dan Curtis Participant
Stanley Frazen Participant
Neal Gabler Participant
Annette Insdorf Participant
Abby Mann Participant
Sharon Rivo Participant
Thane Rosenbaum Participant
Martin Starger Participant
Malvin Wald Participant
Fritz Weaver Participant

Technical Credits
Daniel Anker Director,Producer
Andrew Barrett Score Composer
Ellin Baumel Producer
Diana Holtzberg Executive Producer
Tom Hurwitz Cinematographer
Susan Kim Co-producer
Jan Rofekamp Executive Producer
Nancy Schreiber Cinematographer
Bruce Shaw Editor
Jessica Falcon Shreeve Executive Producer
Nate Smith Associate Producer
Dyanna Taylor Cinematographer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust
1. Hollywood and the Holocaust [3:45]
2. A Complex Relationship [5:23]
3. Taking a Stand [7:28]
4. Poking Fun [4:44]
5. Actions Not Taken [6:30]
6. Bearing Witness [6:16]
7. Post War Coverage [6:03]
8. Jews, Communism, and Hollywood [5:44]
9. Judgment at Nuremberg [6:54]
10. Life in the Camps [5:39]
11. A Growing Consciousness [8:30]
12. Survivor's Stories [5:35]
13. War and Remembrance [3:39]
14. Schindler's List [9:28]
15. Our Life & History [4:40]
16. End Credits [1:47]

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Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
JohnnyJM3 More than 1 year ago
Perfect narration from the man himself, Gene Hackman. There were many clips from films I had never even heard of before.