University of Sheffield
“The Holocaust in Literature and Film: Revisiting Claude Lanzmann’s Shoah”
In this talk, I will start by outlining the very varied forms of Holocaust literature and film that have entered the public realm, and what the most recent examples suggest about Holocaust memory today. My central example will be that of Claude Lanzmann’s documentary Shoah, and its persistent influence and importance. Since the film’s release in 1985, Lanzmann has continued to release material from the 250 hours of discarded interviews filmed in the 1970s and early 1980s. His most recent release of this kind is The Four Sisters (2017), focusing on the experiences of female survivors. I will conclude by suggesting that Lanzmann’s films, including Shoah itself and the five that have followed, offer a striking and unusual way to bridge what is often seen as a gap between historical and aesthetic approaches to the events of the Holocaust era.
November 5, 2018
The New Yorker’s Richard Brody on Claude Lanzmann’s Shoah
Claude Lanzmann’s The Four Sisters