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Strange Victory

Strange Victory

Available now for Institutional Purchase with 3-year Streaming and PPR!
Home Video coming in December 2016
Leo Hurwitz’s Strange Victory was made during a time a when an critique of American society was seen as bordering on treason and today—almost 70 years after the film premiered—it has lost none of its topicality. What did the victory over Hitler mean for US society? America may have won the war, but why, the film asks “in the country of the victors, [are] the ideas of the defeated still in fashion?”


Collaging nonfiction materials, newsreel footage, and Hurwitz's brilliantly-shot scenes, Strange Victory powerfully documents the racism and anti-Semitism of postwar America. Images of stickers saying “Save America – Don't Buy from Jews,” signs that read “For Whites Only,” and photos of Ku Klux Klan lynchings are juxtaposed with footage of Nazi rallies and concentration camp inmates. This seldom-shown work, now beautifully restored from the producer’s original 1948 nitrate interpositive, landed its director on Hollywood’s blacklist. Strange Victory is now ripe for rediscovery.

"The essential documentary of our moment. Strange Victory can rekindle our energies, without a moment to lose." -- David Bordwell

2K Restoration from Original 35mm Interpositive.

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