Monday, April 15, 2013

No Place on Earth

The Holocaust-survival documentary "No Place on Earth" tells of two extended families of Ukrainian Jews who lived for a year in a half in the dank darkness of two caves, abandoning the first when it proved too shallow to remain inconspicuous.
As one whose paternal ancestry traces back to Berdichev, I have a certain fondness for these proud people, but their story, as told, is not especially interesting, nor are the interviews particularly insightful. Worst of all are the reenactments, which are totally unnecessary and cheapen what inherent dramatic value the movie has.

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