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Chasing Portraits

Chasing Portraits is a movie starring Violetta Bachur, Shula Eliaz, and Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett. One man's art. One woman's unexpected path to healing. An American woman's emotional quest to find the art of her Polish-Jewish...

Running Time
1 hours 18 minutes
480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
History, Documentary
Elizabeth Rynecki
Elizabeth Rynecki, Josh Peterson
Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, Tyler Knowlton, Shula Eliaz, Violetta Bachur
Israel, Poland, Canada, USA
Audio Languages
Deutsch, English, Français, Italiano, Español, Svenska, Gaeilge, Nederlands
日本語, Čeština, Tiếng Việt, Português, 한국어, Australia, Filipino, हिन्दी

One man's art. One woman's unexpected path to healing. An American woman's emotional quest to find the art of her Polish-Jewish great-grandfather, lost during World War II.

Comments about history «Chasing Portraits» (13)

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Virginia Wright

I'm sorry to say that I was disappointed in the movie. I loved the book, and the movie only made it more confusing. I am a former Holocaust survivor, and I do not understand why some people would be so insensitive to the horrors of the Holocaust. It is not necessary to have to see a documentary of the Holocaust to understand it. I have friends that didn't know about the Holocaust. They were only too happy to get involved in it. It is a very sad story. I will not write about the movie in detail, because it's a very sad story. I do not recommend this movie to anyone.

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Alice W.

The most beautiful thing about this film is the photography. The scenes are like portraits and the music is a soundtrack, but the music is the most beautiful part of the film. These people are a reminder of what the world needs, and it's a good reminder, since there is so much negativity and violence in the world. The only thing that keeps us going is the love and support of these people, so it's really a good reminder.

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A must see for any fan of the late great director, but I didn't know there was another movie on the same subject. The movie was very moving and so entertaining. The dialogue was incredibly sharp and funny, with some stunning photography, and the acting was superb. The scenes of the underwater scenes were great, showing the shots of a life on the sea, and it shows you how amazing a place the ocean is. The cinematography was amazing and the acting was well done. I am so glad that this movie was released because I thought it would be a complete waste of time to see a movie like this and it was made all the more amazing to see it done by a talented director like Spielberg. I hope that this movie gets the recognition that it deserves, and I hope that the DVD's of the other two movies are available as well.

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Douglas B.

In the years since its release, I've watched the documentary numerous times and it is still a powerful work. I'm still in awe of the great films that are being made today. I know that people will find this documentary offensive because of the questions that it raises. That's a natural reaction. I can only imagine what other people feel, because this is a film that explores life and death in a way that most people can relate to. The documentary is a rare treat and if you haven't seen it, it's worth it. It's well worth the time. Just know that it isn't a documentary that you can watch for entertainment. It's a film that explores what it means to live. It's a must watch for anyone interested in the art of film. I would highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good documentary.

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Paul Wallace

The documentary which I have watched and really liked. Not being a fan of documentaries, this one was an exception. It really was a good documentary, full of information about the shooting of the film and the photographers themselves. It's worth watching it because it's quite entertaining and it does show the beautiful of the country. I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in the subject of photography. It's worth watching.

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We have had to hear the same story for the past 200 years: when a group of women from the upper class of London led by a wealthy philanthropist get together and discuss life in the city, they mostly talk about the peace and prosperity of their homes. Or perhaps they talk about their children. For the past 50 years or so the British have had a good relationship with the Turks. For the most part they have maintained cordial relations, to the extent that when the Turks invaded and captured London during the First World War, they were allowed to leave the city without restrictions. Not so the British. Britain's relationship with the Turks has always been a controversial subject. The Queen was very angry that her father's government never supported the Turks against Germany and their allies during the war, and she set out to stop them. Her efforts were successful in many ways, but her efforts were resisted by the Prime Minister who hoped to stay neutral and get the Turks out of London. The Turks were able to escape to France, and a peace treaty was signed, but not before the Sultan had to pay the British a very heavy price. That's what makes this documentary so fascinating. It gives us a look at the attitudes of the time, and at what might have been had things been different. We see the same old things, but the way they are shown is different. We see the way these people talk about sex, what they say to each other, and the general atmosphere of the time. It's an important documentary. It shows the place of the British in British history, and it shows how the attitudes and opinions of the times were different from what they are today. The Turks were able to get out of London because they were able to pay a very high price. It's a very sensitive subject, but it is a documentary, and the way it is presented makes it a much more interesting film.

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Brandon Boyd

The film is packed with interesting interviews with world leaders, politicians, artists and scholars, and there is much insightful and interesting information. The film is fascinating and makes for a fascinating viewing experience. I hope that people will watch this film and take it as an educational tool. I highly recommend this film for people who are interested in world affairs, but also have a strong interest in film and want to be informed.

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Kenneth Beck

I love this movie, because it is amazing. What it is not is pretentious, political or an academic exercise. It is an honest documentary, which takes its time in telling the story and never gets to the easy stuff. It is a meditation on the way we humans look at our own lives, and how that reflects our own lives. It is also about how the arts, especially photography, make us human. In this case, it's not so much about photography, but about how we look at the world and how we can see ourselves in the images we create. It is an exploration into the human mind. It is not a documentary, because it is not meant to be one, but to be a reflection on the human condition. It is a story that never ends, because it doesn't leave the viewer bored, because it is an adventure into the world of photography. I really don't want to give away the ending, because I don't want to give away the point, but if you think that this film is inspiring, think again, because it is not. It is an amazing and honest portrait of a man, who is basically insane. He is mentally ill, and that's the point of the film. To me, the film is an exploration into the human condition, and if that is your thing, then you will not be disappointed. You will not be disappointed, because I think that this is a beautiful film, and if you are in the mood to be reminded about the human condition, and if you are in the mood for a good look at how our world works, then go see it.

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Sara Hayes

This is a movie that's so good, I can't believe it's only been released on DVD. I watched it in the middle of the night, and it stayed with me for a couple of days. I guess that's the magic of movies: you don't want to miss a single moment. I strongly recommend you watch this movie, it's really worth it.

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This is the best documentary i have ever seen. It is so important to see this documentary because in the last two years there has been a rise in extremist ideology that has led to terrorist attacks. This documentary documents the life of a Muslim woman and her family in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks and the rise of the Islamic terror group Al-Shabaab. The film is very thorough and is an eye opener to those that have not lived in the Middle East. The documentary is very informative and it is a very good film to have on your DVD player. I highly recommend this film to anyone who has not lived in the Middle East or doesn't know anything about the Middle East. This film is not anti-Islam. It is anti-extremism. It is a documentary that is unbiased and fair in its approach. It does not go into the politics of the Middle East. It is very informative and does not sugar coat the situation.

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Paul S.

I saw this film in the early 1990's on the PBS series "Making a Difference". It was incredibly powerful, and deeply personal to me. It was also one of the most devastating films I've ever seen. I found myself pulling for the "heroes" of the film, and to a lesser degree, the entire nation. The real story is often very hard to watch, and this film shows the horror of war. The film also shows the horror of the human spirit, and how it can be turned against itself. This film also has an emotional punch that you can't get from any other film I've seen. This is not a one-trick pony, it is one of the most emotionally powerful films I've ever seen. The book is even more powerful, and even though I didn't read the book, I really recommend this film to anyone who wants to learn more about the Holocaust. It's a powerful film that should be seen by everyone.

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I love the documentary, it's just so inspiring. I never thought the movie would end up this way. I was a little skeptical of the movie, but I was so impressed with the interviewees and the images they captured. It was amazing to see the way people look at themselves and the world in a different way. I think there was something about this movie that really connected with me. It was also very emotional for me because I have a brother that I could never see happy or happy with his life. So it was very exciting to see that people from different walks of life all around the world all seemed to find the same things in the movie and it really helped me to see the world in a different way. It was interesting to see how the movie ended. I was a little bit upset that they didn't show more of the people that didn't get interviewed. I think they could have easily shown the whole movie but it was good to see that they didn't show the parts that didn't get interviewed. Overall I would definitely recommend this movie to anyone. I am still in awe of the way they captured images and how they took it and put it into a documentary. It really made me think about how people see the world.

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Alice C.

The argument for this documentary has to do with the fact that the bulk of the American population is unaware that a piece of land in Canada is called for in a treaty. I've never been in Canada, but I know a bit about it and know that the land that's in dispute in Quebec was in fact "Canadian" in nature, not Canadian in name. And, the people of Quebec are generally very tolerant of the French, although this documentary focuses on the French and the Quebecois. As a Frenchman, I find the documentary extremely interesting and thought-provoking. I recommend this documentary to anyone who has not yet seen it and who is interested in the Canadian-French relationship. It is an enlightening and inspiring film. If you have any questions, you can contact me here. Thank you.