A look at Jack Garfein a Holocaust survivor who became a key figure in the Actor's Studio, directed some ground breaking films and changed culture as we know it.
Going in I kind of knew who Garfein was. I knew his connection to the film THE STRANGE ONE, but there was so much more I didn't know. Coming out I want to know more and I want to see the film again.
Structured uniquely, one part talking head film, one part confessional, one part art film the whole thing plays as a kind of mystery. There is an sense its all going to add up to something and it does. Its a film that had me put my notebook down and just watch it because I was so enraptured by what I was seeing. I was also curious what we would be told and what we weren't. There is a clear sense that we are not being told everything.
What we are told moves us. Battles with the studio leaves us shaking our heads, The final words from his mother breaks our heart ( a cruelty she spoke because it would save him). There are other bits that are moving.
I loved this film. I loved that it filled in a blind spot, and I loved that it makes me want to go out and learn more.
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