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THE PAPER BRIDGE (1987) * with switchable English and French subtitles *

Ruth Beckermann
$13.99

Ruth Beckermann travels to Central Europe to delve into her family's history and, at the same time, learns much about the region and its Jewish past. She travels from Vienna --- where her grandmother survived the Holocaust by pretending to be a mute, and to which her mother returned from Israel --- to the landscapes which witnessed the extermination of more than half the world's Jewry. Amazingly, against all odds, some survived --- like the ones in Bukovina, once part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and, at the time of this film, split between Rumania and the Soviet Union. The film is driven by memories and by paradoxes: in the Jewish cemetery in Seret, an old man is pleasantly surprised at his ability to still cast an image strong enough to register on film; and a film company from Hollywood is recruiting Viennese Jews as extras for a reconstructed Theresienstadt, provided they look "really Jewish". In the film, we also see frightening images of an upsurge of anti-Semitism in Austria. A long sequence shot of a car driving along a foggy road sums up the contradictory movement of her journey: to find a way into the future by going back into the past.

DVD-R is in German with switchable English and French subtitles. Approx. 96 mins.  See film samples for sound and video quality!  

 

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