Deutsche Version

Ha'makah ha'shmonim ve'ahat

German title: Der 81. Schlag
Series title: Asynchron. Dokumentar- und Experimentalfilme zum Holocaust ( )
Director: David Bergman    → show biography   
Director: Haim Gouri    → show biography   
Director: Jacques Ehrlich    → show biography   
Director: Miriam Novitch    → show biography   
Director: Zvi Shner    → show biography   
Country: Israel, France
Year: 1975
Synopsis: In the Przemysl ghetto Michael Goldmann-Gilad was given 80 that almost killed him. He was still a boy. Later when he came to Israel, the fact that no one believed him felt like the 81st blow. The title was chosen deliberately, and the film sets out to present evidence. Compiled entirely of historical footage and photographs, it tells of Jewish life in Europe, of the emergence of National Socialism, of exultant German crowds, of pogroms, deportation and extermination, and finally of small acts of resistance and the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. The soundtrack is made up of statements made at the trial of Adolf Eichmann and a score composed especially for the film. While the film footage and photographs start out as historical sources, they are woven together with text and music to form a chant, an approach which could be described as transferring document into monument. A rediscovery of a film that functioned simultaneously as evidence and monument in radical fashion, long before the boom in audiovisual history. (Forum catalogue 2015, Anna Hoffmann)
Language: Hebrew, Yiddish, German
Forum participation year: 1977
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Technical Attributes

Format: Blu-ray
Rental status: to rent
Version: original language version with subtitles
Subtitle language: German
Running time (minutes): 115
Color: b&w
Aspect ratio: 1:1,33
Projection format: 16:9
Frames per second: 24
Number of reels: 1