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Genocide (1982)

Orson Welles and Elizabeth Taylor compassionately narrate this harrowing documentary about Jewish persecution in Nazi Germany, which soon turned into a notoriously industrious plan to wipe them from existence.

Director:

Arnold Schwartzman

Writers:

Martin Gilbert, Marvin Hier (as Rabbi Marvin Hier) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Elizabeth Taylor ... Narrator (voice)
Orson Welles ... Narrator (voice)
Simon Wiesenthal Simon Wiesenthal ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Neville Chamberlain ... Himself (archive footage)
Winston Churchill ... Himself (archive footage)
Dwight D. Eisenhower ... Himself (archive footage)
Joseph Goebbels ... Himself (archive footage) (as Josef Goebbels)
Hermann Göring ... Himself - at Nuremberg Trials (archive footage)
Rudolf Hess ... Himself (archive footage)
Heinrich Himmler ... Himself (archive footage)
Adolf Hitler ... Himself (archive footage)
Ralph Metcalfe ... Himself - in 100m Final at the 1936 Olympics (archive footage)
Martinus Osendarp Martinus Osendarp ... Himself - in 100m Final at the 1936 Olympics (archive footage)
Jesse Owens ... Himself (archive footage)
Pope Pius XII ... Himself (archive footage) (as The Pope)
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Storyline

A chilling, heartbreaking testament to the strength and suffering of the Jewish people and the courage and heroism of those who came to their aid. With beautiful narration by Orson Welles and Elizabeth Taylor the film begins by providing a look at the flourishing Jewish community in pre-war Europe and then traces their grim trajectory through the ghettos, camps, and prisons of the Nazi regime, introducing the lost victims and brave heroes along the way. Written by Anonymous

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Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 April 1984 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Genocidio See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Moriah Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film was originally designed to be presented in a multi-screen format at a Los Angeles museum, with one 35mm projector, two 16mm projectors, and 18 slide projectors. Only after completion was it reformatted to be shown in standard film theaters. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: Small wonder then, that the 9.5 million Jews who still lived in Europe at the end of the First World War looked forward with great hope to the new world, the world of Democratic Europe, the world President Wilson promised would be made safe for democracy.
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Featured in The 54th Annual Academy Awards (1982) See more »

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Criminally Underrated
23 December 2015 | by framptonhollisSee all my reviews

How has NOBODY ever heard of this magnificent documentary film? It is absolutely great, and I had to give it a (well-deserved) 10/10 star rating.

Using strange, experimental filmmaking techniques and a narration by Orson Welles and Elizabeth Taylor, "Genocide" is a horrifying look at the history of the Holocaust. It is horribly explicit in it's nature, but it also shows how no words or images can truly capture how awful the Jews were treated during these dark, dark times.

"Genocide" is definitely one of the most disturbing films ever made, because of the, previously mentioned, explicit content. It can easily be compared with another explicit and disturbing Holocaust documentary, Alain Resnais' "Night and Fog".

Although this brutal film is never discussed or normally listed as one of the best documentary film, it did get some recognition by the Academy Awards, because it won the Best Documentary Oscar.


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