Many people—many nations—can find themselves holding, more or less wittingly, that 'every stranger is an enemy.' For the most part this conviction lies deep down like some latent infection; it betrays itself only in random, disconnected acts, and does not lie at the base of a system of reason. But when this does come about, when the unspoken dogma becomes the major premise in a syllogism, then, at the end of the chain, there is the Lager. Here is the product of a conception of the world carried rigorously to its logical conclusion; so long as the conception subsists, the conclusion remains to threaten us. The story of the death camps should be understood by everyone as a sinister alarm-signal.
Siena makes for a beautiful setting no matter the film.
The medieval village becomes all the more entrancing in a real life story of suspense and redemption such as "The Last Victory," one of the best documentaries of the last 10 years.
The Tuscan countryside comes alive as filmmaker John Appel depicts the time and scope of the Palio horse race, a traditional sporting event in Siena, for over 500 years. The horse race is considered especially dangerous since the streets are amazingly narrow .
The film centers on the struggles of Civetta, a village in the Siena province that has not won the race in 23 years. Can the underdogs finally win one? The film leaves us on the edge of our seats until the suspenseful ending.
What makes "The Last Victory" so attractive are the many shots of Tuscany and the people who live and work in Siena. The village's deep orange homes and green olive groves make for an enchanting locale. How the villagers come together to put on the event is a walk through time. We see Italy as she really is, with people enjoying life while they work. The traditional crafts are put to good use to dress up Siena to welcome horse racers from the entire world.
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Besides the body of work that Levi himself left behind, which has made him one of the most important of all Holocaust writers, he has also been the subject of numerous documentaries and biographies. The Truce was adapted into a 1997 film starring John Turturro , and the 2001 movie The Grey Zone , starring David Arquette , Steve Buscemi and Harvey Keitel , was based on the final chapter of The Drowned and the Saved . In 2006, The Periodic Table was listed by London's Royal Institution as among the best science books ever written.