"A Film Unfinished" is a documentary of the Warsaw Ghetto in 1942 just prior to the Nazi's start of the "resettlement" of Jews from Warsaw to concentration camps and a "better life." This documentary by Yael Hersonski, is composed of raw footage found untouched in an East German archive after World War II with a simple label "Ghetto." "A Film Unfinished" is a powerful and moving historical account of how the Third Reich used staged scenes of Jews in Warsaw for propaganda purposes. The film's narration describes how the scenes were orchestrated by the Nazis, using the threat of beatings to coerce Jews to look shameless (forced mixed-sex nude bathing), callous (passing bodies on the street uncaringly), licentious (filming Jews enjoying lavish meals while they were actually starving), and as though life was acceptable and pleasurable in the ghetto.
Who could be fooled by this deception? Apparently many were because the Third Reich machinery was a master of propaganda and used many other edited films to vilify the Jew and hide the depravity they subjected them.
However, watch this film and look at the eyes of those being filmed. It is there that this raw footage reveals the anguish and terror felt by those being told how to appear before the camera. One can see the hopelessness as many of them stare at the cameras or off into an unknowable distance.
By including the multiple takes of many scenes from the raw footage, often with other Nazi cameramen inadvertently filmed, we can see the intentional deception being perpetrated.
Along with the narration the documentary has interspersed film clips of individuals who survived the Warsaw Ghetto of 1942. As they watch the survivors give comments on the horror from their past and the film. At times watching them is very painful. But then, their presence in this documentary gives tribute and significance to those who faced the dreadfulness of Nazism against the Jews.
This film is not only for those interested in the Holocaust, this is a film all humanity should view to see how propaganda has been and still can be used by the media or governments to deceive and sway citizens opinions to fit one's own need. Many of those on the film lost their lives latter at concentration and forced labor camps. This documentary shows we should not have short memories when it comes to history.
I recommend this DVD; everyone should view it no matter how many stars it receives and decide for themselves.