by Allan Fish
(UK 2013 300m) DVD2
Paranoia confirmed by history
p/d Ella Bahaire, Tim Kirby w Simon Schama ed Sean Mackenzie m Arvshalom Caspi
presented by Simon Schama
One may think, in this so-called enlightened age of ours, that there may be no need for a historical overview of the children of Yahweh. We know of the Holocaust, of the horror of its conception and execution and the neglect of its being allowed to happen by Allies who could summon up no more than quiet sympathy for their plight. Yet when it was announced, I remember thinking to myself that this series would set the cat amongst the faux liberal pigeons. We like to think that we have learned from the calamity, constantly reminded by countless books, the great documentary works of Claude Lanzmann and Laurence Rees, and in the still physical form of the ghostly death camps by the Sola river.
A couple of episodes into the series and I looked at the rating for the show on that reliable gauge of opinion of pre-judged opinion, the IMDb. Sure enough, the average rating was 4.7 out of 10. Give that some context; Caligula gets 5.1! So into the individual voting we go, and what comes up; ratings of 8, 9 and 10, a couple at 6, but then a whopping near 50% at 1. Depressing does not begin to cover it. (more…)