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A Generation Apart (1983/City Lights DVD)


Picture: C     Sound: C+     Extras: B-     Film: B



When it first was issued, I managed to see Jack Fisher’s heartfelt documentary A Generation Apart (1983) and was struck by how deeply investigative and journalistic it was while still being so personal.  It was bold in the way it showed his family, discussed the Holocaust and asks many relevant questions that are still difficult on already 25th anniversary.  City Lights has issued it on DVD and it remains a solid piece of filmmaking of several kinds.


One theme it investigates is in what way The Holocaust affects a family and how those born of survivors have the event haunt them so badly, yet that it is still not like actually having gone through it.  Anything about guilt aside, since this is such a difficult subject to discuss, just addressing this awful situation and that gap takes some boldness.  However, Fisher is determined to do so for the future health, well being of his family, legacy and to find a new way to find a more honest grasp of the situation in general.


There is much to still be learned from this and its arrival on DVD is highly welcome as it is long overdue.


The 1.33 X 1 image is softer than one would like and is sourced from some video master that is likely later analog.  A film this important deserves an HD transfer form the original film materials, which hopefully still exist.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono is better, a generation down, but still a decent recording for its time.  Extras include Fisher and his father doing a touching audio commentary and two featurettes: Telling The Next Generation and Epilogue.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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