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Primo Leviís Journey (2007/New Yorker Film)


Picture: C+†††† Sound: C+†††† Extras: C+†††† Documentary: B



Primo Levi is an Italian Jew who became a key writer and manages to hold out alive at the horrid Auschwitz concentration camp until it was liberated in 1945.Dante Ferrario decided to put his words to images and retrace the manís life journey and the result is the surprisingly strong and powerful Primo Leviís Journey (2007), juxtaposing the writers words to world history broken down into several levels.


There are the propaganda films and agit prop of everything from Stalinism/Communism to Nazism, including statues that still survive today and idiots like Nazi Skinheads and old Stalinist types still clinging on to hate and failure.We also see old footage of factories once alive and moving forward, then switch to them dead or nearly dead, followed by those remaining and how they have to work to survive.Capitalism is new to them.Then there is the of footage of WWII, concentration camps and Levi himself, crosscut with the same locations today and this all adds up to a living hell of failures and upheavals that is the life Levi lived and times he lived through.


It is compelling as a record of the 20th Century and how nightmare dreams collapsed while the hate and dogma that made them possible remain; the kind Leviís work exposes as the frauds they are.There are so many ways this 92 minutes could have gone wrong, but this is very well edited and for those serious about history and world politics, a must-see.


The anamorphically enhanced 2.35 X 1 image is a combination of new digital video that is low def, stills, analog archive video and film footage to create the visual points with the writings.This becomes involving enough and the transfer does its best with the material.The Dolby Digital 2.0 sound is somewhat stereo and has clearly and cleanly recorded voiceover by Chris Cooper.The only extra is an interview on the making of the project, which should be viewed after seeing it.



-†† Nicholas Sheffo


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