Courtesy of Eureka Entertainment’s Masters of Cinema series, Claude Lansmann’s four-part documentary Shoah: The Four Sisters will get a DVD and Blu-ray release in February 2019.
Claude Lansmann’s four-part documentary Shoah: The Four Sisters will get a deluxe DVD and Blu-ray release in February 2019, courtesy of the Masters of Cinema series from Eureka Entertainment.
The man behind The Last of The Unjust and Shoah started in 1999 to make what could be considered satellites of Shoah, comprised of interviews conducted in the 1970s that didn’t make the final cut.
In the latter years of the acclaimed director’s life, Lansmann decided to devote a film to four women from different areas of Eastern Europe, each with different destinies following war’s end.
These survivors of unimaginable Nazi terror tell their holocaust stories, becoming crucial witnesses to the atrocities they saw and were submitted to. Their accounts, vividly recalled, intelligently conveyed with candour, are searing and unforgettable.
Lansmann describes the women as having something in common that goes beyond their experiences at the hands of Nazi concentration camp guards. “Apart from the specific horrors each one of them was subjected to, is their intelligence, an incisive, sharp and carnal intelligence that rejects all pretence and false reasons – in a word – idealism.”
The Four Sisters, described as “stunning” by Simi Horwitz of Film Journal International, reminds audiences of the immense courage it took for these witnesses to return to their past as they share their deeply moving personal tragedies.
“The instalments”, says Ben Kinigsberg of the New York Times, “have a cumulative power. Their points of confluence – the deaths of family members, improbable escapes, the hardship of life in ghettos and camps – underscore the horror and, at times, the grim absurdity of surviving extermination.”
Both the DVD and Blu-ray present all four interviews across two discs with optional English subtitles and a booklet featuring new writing.
Shoah: The Four Sisters is released on DVD and Blu-ray on February 18, 2019.