Violent Strokes: Waltz with Bashir, Animation, and Memory

By Jonathan E. Lang

Jewish Family & Life (JFL Media), April 2009

Lang reviews Ari Folman's "Waltz with Bashir," which he describes as the latest entry into an ever-expanding canon of war-tinged memoir seen and experienced through animation. About Folman's quest to recover his memory of the horrors of the 1982 Lebanon War, the film drags the viewer into unpleasant imagination, a reality that is so painful that it must be fantasy yet it is not. But the beauty in this horror keeps the viewer transfixed. Lang concludes that the film is not only a technical triumph but also unforgettable for these reasons.

Topic: Movies, Trauma, Art, Film, War

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Berrin, Susan

Volume/Issue: Vol.39/no.659

Page Number(s): 16

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Lang, Jonathan E. Violent Strokes: Waltz with Bashir, Animation, and Memory. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Jewish Family & Life (JFL Media). April 2009: 16.


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