Paper Clips details
|Starring:||Tom Bosley, Peter Schroeder, Linda Hooper, Dagmar Schroeder-Hildebrand, Sandra Roberts|
|Directors:||Elliot Berlin, Joe Fab|
|Studio:||LIONS GATE HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
|Run time:||1 hour 24 minutes|
|Rental release:||22 Jan 2007|
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Thought provokingBy a customer from Kent, Uk , 14 Feb 2007
[Highly rated reviewer]I've just watched this and thought the previous reviewer missed the point. It started as a paper clip exercise but ended up as something much deeper - about people, old and young, examining their own prejudices. This was brought about by their contact with Holocaust Survivors and with their research. There was some very touching moments when these survivors told their stories - and that's what the film was about - not about the statistics but about the reality of what it felt like to be 100 deep in a cattle car on the way to a concentration camp, about youngsters today being touched by something that happened more than 60 years ago.
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Interesting, informative & inspiring.By gingerspike (432 reviews) from Grimsby , 01 Aug 2013I actually thought this film was a British documentary, but upon watching it discovered it was American. As soon as I heard the Southern Yankee drawl I hate to admit it but I wondered if I'd made a mistake and was about to 'treated' to a slice of sentimental Southern hillbilly schmaltz! I was to be proved wrong & shown to be both foolish and ignorant by my stereotyping. The film was truly wonderful (with a little of the aforementioned sentimentality). However, any such criticisms can be ignored due to the serious scope of the subject matter and the subsequent effect the experiment of the film had on the community featured in the documentary. Even this effect spread far further than the intended audience and culminated in a truly awe-inspiring story of quite epic proportions. The film is a very moving watch not only for the subject matter and the stories of Holocaust survivors but also for the profound effect on the lives, viewpoints and morals of some of the people featured who had previously held some rather unsavoury thoughts about other races. A very powerful film that should, in my opinion, be shown in every school. A true and truly terrific tale of tolerance, intolerance & ignorance.
The Holocaust Through Young Tennesee EyesBy Cato (772 reviews) from Lydbury North , 03 Dec 2012Undoubtedly a good project for a little old school in an American backwater to study, I'm not sure that making a film out of the considerable strivings of the headteacher to get the message of the despicable actions of the Nazi programme against the Jews across to her innocent charges entirely worked. The lush backgrond music didn't always help the serious nature of the topic, which became rather over sentimentalised as the film went on. I suggest that watching the film 'Shoah' might give you a better idea of what the horror was really like.
Paper ClipsBy a customer from Castle Douglas , 12 Apr 2009Remarkable Story and very moving. I dont know why this film is not more well known. Not only does it remind us what went on in Germany during the Second World War it tells how a small community decided to teach their children and then it turns out, themselves the meaning of predjudice. I would hope that all who watch, even those who think they are broadminded to see this film. Be warned! Have a box of tissues - no sorry - a pile of washable hankies to hand - you will need them
Theme on a themeBy a customer from Surrey , 29 Sep 2008Another holocoust inspired docudrama/film. Interesting slant and very valid in making people think, remember and get involved in something that should never ever be forgotten. Surprised that such a potentially redneck bigotted US region get behind this which gives hope. Unfailingly moving though and worth a watch.
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A moving and inspiring filmBy suze (33 reviews) from Reading , 06 Apr 2008This film made a huge impact on me.I have been to Chatanooga and got an impression of the society,which I found inward-looking and narrow-minded. This film totally reversed my view.It showed the brave and humane attempt to teach a group of 'ordinary kids' about the 'extra-ordinary'and harrowing events surrounding the Holocaust and the imaginative and inspiring project they became involved with. In the process they not only learned historical facts,but,more importantly, became aware of the dangers of prejudice and 'stereotyping'. The powerful symbol used as a Memorial to those who perished in the camps and the means by which this was achieved,were especially poignant for me as I had actually seen and entered a similar 'cattle truck' at an exhibition in Berlin at the Transport Museum...The film is a significant document in the history of Nazi Germany and a potent reminder to us all .