Claude Lanzmann

1925 - 2018

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Claude Lanzmann (French: [lanzman]; 27 November 1925 – 5 July 2018) was a French filmmaker. He is known for the Holocaust documentary film Shoah (1985), which consists of nine and a half hours of oral testimony from Holocaust survivors, without historical footage. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Claude Lanzmann has received more than 528,365 page views. His biography is available in 34 different languages on Wikipedia. Claude Lanzmann is the 206th most popular film director (down from 174th in 2019), the 1,362nd most popular biography from France (down from 1,108th in 2019) and the 27th most popular French Film Director.

Claude Lanzmann is most famous for his documentary film Shoah, which is a nine-and-a-half hour long film that tells the story of the Holocaust.

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Over the past year Claude Lanzmann has had the most page views in the with 101,124 views, followed by English (68,755), and German (17,622). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are French (127.59%), Malagasy (121.09%), and Swedish (104.11%)


Among film directors, Claude Lanzmann ranks 206 out of 2,041Before him are John G. Avildsen, Vsevolod Pudovkin, Vincente Minnelli, Mike Newell, Amos Gitai, and Douglas Sirk. After him are Dariush Mehrjui, Danny Boyle, Lina Wertmüller, Joe D'Amato, Thea von Harbou, and Alan J. Pakula.

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Among people born in 1925, Claude Lanzmann ranks 79Before him are Robert Rauschenberg, Dick Van Dyke, Oscar Peterson, Ernest Gellner, Hilda Gadea, and Charles Chaplin Jr.. After him are Michel de Certeau, Hal Holbrook, Joshua Lederberg, Sibghatullah Mojaddedi, Harry Harrison, and Gabriele Ferzetti. Among people deceased in 2018, Claude Lanzmann ranks 64Before him are Dorothy Malone, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Joël Robuchon, Scott Wilson, Aaron Klug, and Alan Bean. After him are Sondra Locke, Dolores O'Riordan, Thomas A. Steitz, Anthony Bourdain, Steve Ditko, and Christine Nöstlinger.

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Among people born in France, Claude Lanzmann ranks 1,362 out of 6,770Before him are Françoise Gilot (1921), Gabriel Lamé (1795), Amadeus IX, Duke of Savoy (1435), Louis, Prince of Condé (1530), Pierre de Marivaux (1688), and Antoine Perrenot de Granvelle (1517). After him are Pierre Cauchon (1371), Walter Sans Avoir (1050), Marie Anne de Bourbon (1666), Livilla (-13), Jean-Charles Pichegru (1761), and Roger Caillois (1913).


Among film directors born in France, Claude Lanzmann ranks 27Before him are Jean-Pierre Jeunet (1953), Alice Guy-Blaché (1873), Louis Malle (1932), Abel Gance (1889), Jacques Rivette (1928), and Jean Vigo (1905). After him are Chris Marker (1921), Jacques Becker (1906), Bertrand Tavernier (1941), Patrice Chéreau (1944), Frank Darabont (1959), and Julien Duvivier (1896).


Sobibor, October 14, 1943, 4 p.m.
A Claude Lanzmann documentary about one uprising by Jews in a Nazi-run concentration camp taken from his Shoah interviews.
Director Claude Lanzmann spent 11 years on this sprawling documentary about the Holocaust, conducting his own interviews and refusing to use a single frame of archival footage. Dividing Holocaust witnesses into three categories – survivors, bystanders and perpetrators – Lanzmann presents testimonies from survivors of the Chelmno concentration camp, an Auschwitz escapee and witnesses of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, as well as a chilling report of gas chambers from an SS officer at Treblinka.
The Last of the Unjust
A place: Theresienstadt. A unique place of propaganda which Adolf Eichmann called the "model ghetto", designed to mislead the world and Jewish people regarding its real nature, to be the last step before the gas chamber. A man: Benjamin Murmelstein, last president of the Theresienstadt Jewish Council, a fallen hero condemned to exile, who was forced to negotiate day after day from 1938 until the end of the war with Eichmann, to whose trial Murmelstein wasn't even called to testify. Even though he was without a doubt the one who knew the Nazi executioner best. More than twenty-five years after Shoah, Claude Lanzmann's new film reveals a little-known yet fundamental aspect of the Holocaust, and sheds light on the origins of the "Final Solution" like never before.