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soon to be released in a new, remastered edition
wish to learn what more men and women could have done to save
Jews, watch Pierre Sauvage's poignant documentary. It is
Elie Wiesel, witness, author, Nobel Peace Prize laureate
"A very fine documentary about some people who managed, miraculously, to overlook their tribal and religious differences and just see their common plight as human beings."
R. Crumb, cartoonist
What an extraordinary story."
David Ansen, Newsweek
"No matter how many times one sees Pierre Sauvage's masterpiece, it never fails to move us deeply. Weapons of the Spirit is a living monument and the most compelling document we possess regarding the rescue of Jews during the Shoah on the Plateau Vivarais-Lignon in south-central France. As we look into the faces of the rescuers, we experience first-hand their peaceful demeanor, their modesty, simplicity, and serenity, and, forty years after the events in question, their absolute astonishment that anyone could possibly consider what they did anything other than normal human behavior. No written account could ever have more convincingly passed this information on to future generations."
Dr. Patrick Henry, Cushing Eells Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, Whitman College, and author, We Only Know Men: The Rescue of Jews in France during the Holocaust
"The astonishing story it tells and the memories it preserves are beyond value."
Caryn James, New York Times
"Is no rare
thing to be moved to tears or shocked into silence when watching
a documentary about the Holocaust. but to find yourself laughing
out loud, feeling exhilarated and full of hope for humankind? A
thoughtful, challenging, timely work."
Ed Weiner, TV Guide
the most extraordinary display of moral choice in this century.
One jaw-dropping tale after another. A great moral
Robert Koehler, Los Angeles Times
fascinating chapter of history intersecting an unsurpassingly
Todd McCarthy, Variety
and modest masterpiece that can be compared to the best
achievements of the monumental Shoah and The Sorrow
and the Pity."
André Pierre Colombat, The Holocaust in French Film (Scarecrow Press, 1993)
compelling and exciting as fiction. A film that will be around
for a long time."
Charles Champlin, Los Angeles Times
Olympian. Emotionally wrenching. Bulging with profound questions
of morality, responsibility and religion."
Desmond Ryan, Philadelphia Inquirer
It seems an anomaly to speak of an exhilarating Holocaust film,
but [this] is just that, and more."
Jay Carr, Boston Globe
tough-minded—a film about efforts to save the Jews
of Europe as has been made."
Dorothy Rabinowitz, Wall Street Journal
The best kind of filmmaking, both intensely personal and of
Tom Jacobs, Los Angeles Daily News
David Bianculli, New York Post
"Offering a healthy
and bracing alternative to the ethnocentrism that informs so much
commentary about the Holocaust, this is a film that quite simply
restores one's faith in humanity."
Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader, on-line review
an experience that you should not deny yourself, A+. I cannot imagine not getting something
positive out of this film. See it.."
Jeff Meyer, Internet Movie Database, on-line review
"Like a murder mystery in reverse. It's an examination of crimes that didn't take place, of atrocities averted, and in such a way that history itself seems to have been subverted by their absence."
Hal Hinson, Washington Post, on-line review
understated and unsentimental. Deserves to be called the do-good
movie of the past 40 years."
Eleanor Ringel, Atlanta Constitution
Told with a restraint that may make you weep. Suggests the work
of John Ford."
Michael Wilmington, Los Angeles Times
Incisive, moving, and morally instructive."
David Denby, New York Magazine
A poignant reminder that good people don't have to surrender
their beliefs even in the terror—or lethargy—of the
Judy Stone, San Francisco Chronicle
film the other evening and admired it."
Elia Kazan, director, author
touching and truthful. Very fine."
Irving Howe, writer
and ennobling, beautiful and painful to watch, this extraordinary
film is a tribute to a kind of moral courage rarely seen but to
which mankind must, if it is to survive, aspire."
Norman Lear, producer
best Christmas special and the best Hanukah special likely to be
seen [in 1990]. An absolutely extraordinary story about
matter-of-fact heroes. In a hundred years, it is likely to be
Tom Shales, Washington Post
"The story of Le Chambon highlights our own moral hazard today in the West. In such a cynical political culture, we need regular reminders that a decent, truth-respecting community can stare down apparently unstoppable evil. Weapons of the Spirit makes that point unforgettably."
Winton Higgins, The Moral Capital of the World in Evoking Genocide: Scholars and Activists Describe The Works That Shaped Their Lives (2009)
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