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      Occupied City

      PG-13 Released Dec 25, 2023 4h 0m Documentary History War List
      69% Tomatometer 59 Reviews 78% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings The past collides with our precarious present in Steve McQueen's bravura documentary Occupied City, informed by the book Atlas of an Occupied City (Amsterdam 1940-1945) written by Bianca Stigter. McQueen creates two interlocking portraits: a door-to-door excavation of the Nazi occupation that still haunts his adopted city, and a vivid journey through the last years of pandemic and protest. What emerges is both devastating and life-affirming, an expansive meditation on memory, time, and where we're headed. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Occupied City is an impressively ambitious attempt to connect the past with the present, although its repetitive approach and overwhelming length will be too much for many viewers.

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      Sarah-Tai Black Globe and Mail McQueen offers a film that isn’t dispassionate, but rather, with an awareness of such a lengthy history of narrative representation, likens itself to testimony rather than re-enactment. Apr 25, 2024 Full Review Kambole Campbell Empire Magazine Occupied City is a poignant sociological portrait. Through the history of one space, it studies how fascism pushes people out of spaces  — but is also hopeful on resilience, solidarity and resistance. Rated: 4/5 Feb 12, 2024 Full Review Deborah Ross The Spectator The full cut will, [Steve McQueen] has said, be 36 hours which I can imagine as an installation running on a loop in a museum so you can spend ten minutes in front of it and then move on. Ten minutes is probably all you need. Feb 8, 2024 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews An ambitious, relevant and exhausting film, that grows tiresome and tedious even as it illuminates because of its repetitiveness and its over four-hour length. Rated: B- May 22, 2024 Full Review PJ Grisar The Forward One thing Occupied City won’t do, even with the cool, prestige imprimatur of A24, is win over today’s distracted youth. Too much context can be tedious. May 14, 2024 Full Review Angelo Muredda Film Freak Central The deeper structural vulnerability to Occupied City is that for all its efforts to keep both yesterday and today alive and in dialogue, much of which is absorbing and successful, the contemporary it depicts already feels vacuum-sealed. Rated: 3/4 Apr 27, 2024 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Jory K mesmerizing, raw, sad, beautiful, evocative cello soundtrack Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/25/24 Full Review Sally M Almost half of the audience left at the interval and I wish we had - the second half didn't add or enhance a thing. It was great seeing areas and the life of current day Amsterdam and hearing testimony of the past but there seemed nothing original in a constant voice-over just dispassionately listing what happend during occupation Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/18/24 Full Review Chris W While over four hours (thank you for the kind 15 minute intermission), I found this doc insightful and innovative in its use of often beautiful scenes of contemporary life in Amsterdam juxtaposed with dramatic voiceover narration detailing what happened to specific residents at specific addresses in the city during the Nazi occupation of World War II. The focus on contemporary Amsterdam denizens action oriented response to a variety of current challenges (climate change, pandemics, youthful ennui/self absorption) is brilliant and represents a compelling path for other filmmakers/issues. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/01/24 Full Review Jeff T Extraordinary. It's just settling in for me 12 hours later and will stay with me forever. Using only contemporary footage starting in 2020 with the Covid lockdown to tell the history of a demolished society, street address by street address that saw 75% of Amsterdam's and Holland's Jewish population murdered gives a unique profound sensation to a history that could not have been worse, showing humankind at its most pitiful, serially betraying each other amid countless uplifting stories of valor. Reviewers and viewers will need patience and thoughtfulness to "get" a great filmmaker's deep dive into the abyss shown in a way that no other "holocaust film" has ever employed. Occupied City must be seen. Yes, the running time could have been edited down without losing much substance but the film's shear length and the calm non-ending clinical narrational approach is in itself a challenge to audiences and one of this work's great strengths. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 12/29/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis The past collides with our precarious present in Steve McQueen's bravura documentary Occupied City, informed by the book Atlas of an Occupied City (Amsterdam 1940-1945) written by Bianca Stigter. McQueen creates two interlocking portraits: a door-to-door excavation of the Nazi occupation that still haunts his adopted city, and a vivid journey through the last years of pandemic and protest. What emerges is both devastating and life-affirming, an expansive meditation on memory, time, and where we're headed.
      Director
      Steve McQueen
      Producer
      Floor Onrust, Steve McQueen, Anna Smith Tenser, Bianca Stigter
      Screenwriter
      Bianca Stigter
      Distributor
      A24
      Production Co
      September Film Distribution, Lammas Park, Family Affair Films, Regency Enterprises, Film4, A24
      Rating
      PG-13 (Smoking|Sexual Material|Brief Drug Use|Strong Language|Thematic Material)
      Genre
      Documentary, History, War
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Dec 25, 2023, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Feb 23, 2024
      Runtime
      4h 0m
      Sound Mix
      Dolby Digital
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