LIFE? OR THEATRE?
Dir. Frans Weisz | Netherlands, Germany, USA, France | 2012 | 85min.
In this documentary, Dutch filmmaker Frans Weisz traces the life of Charlotte Salomon, a German Jewish painter who defied the Nazi regime as a teenager by staying in Berlin and attending art school until 1938, when she was sent to live with her grandparents in southern France. In exile, torn by fear and depression but driven by fiercely creative energy, she produced over 700 pages of drawings and writing, including a lyrical drama from which the film title draws its name. In a mosaic-style account, Weisz, born just over a decade after Salomon, pieces together a life cut tragically short in Auschwitz. Thirty years after the release of his original film about the artist, this work explores her legacy from a new perspective with a previously unpublished letter written in exile.
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