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Blessed Is The Match: The Life & Death Of Hannah Senesh (2009/Docurama DVD)


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



Like Anne Frank and Sophie Scholl, Hannah Senesh is a heroine in the resistance of individuals against fascism and as part of the only Jewish military mission behind enemy lines, did what she could to end WWII.  Roberta Grossman’s Blessed Is The Match: The Life & Death Of Hannah Senesh (2009) is an excellent documentary that tells her untold tale of getting to Budapest only days before the Nazis to give information to British Intelligence and turn the tide of the war.


Narrated by Joan Allen, we learn about Senesh’s personal life, what she gave for what she believed in and what the results were.  As a Palestinian Jew (pre-Israel), she was only 22 years old when she joined the group of infiltrators to fight for Judaism itself.  The title has to do with one night they needed light and had it against all odds.  Long overdue to be told to a much wider audience, Match is another remarkable documentary on the Holocaust and one I will not forget anytime soon.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image has some motion blur, but also some fine shots and quality stock & historic footage that makes this a very watchable documentary.  The only odd item is that 1.33 X 1 footage is stretched out sideways to fit the wide frame, which may be a distraction for some.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo sound includes location audio flaws and archival monophonic audio, but is well edited and as clean as can be under the circumstances.  Extras include stills, trailer, additional interviews and Deleted Scenes.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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