- Holocaust (TV miniseries)
Infobox Television Film
name = Holocaust
runtime = 475 min.
Marvin J. Chomsky
producer = Robert Berger
writer = Gerald Green
Michael Moriarty Meryl Streep Rosemary Harris Sam Wanamaker David Warner Tovah Feldshuh Fritz Weaver
country = USA
April 16, 1978
April 19, 1978
tv_com_id = |
"Holocaust" is an
Emmy Award-winning television miniseriesbroadcast in four parts in 1978 on the NBCtelevision network. Although the miniseries won several awards and received critical acclaim, it was criticized by some including noted Holocaust author and survivor Elie Wieselwho (according to the " New York Times") called it "untrue, offensive (and) cheap." [http://www.museum.tv/archives/etv/H/htmlH/holocaust/holocaust.htm]
It tells the story of the
Holocaustfrom the perspective of the Weiss family of German Jews, and from the point of view of a German family where the husband is a rising SSmember, who gradually becomes a merciless, bloodthirsty war criminal. "Holocaust" highlighted numerous important events which occurred up to and during World War II, such as Kristallnacht, the creation of Jewish ghettosand later, the use of gas chambers. The series ultimately attempted to portray the atrocity of this genocideto viewers."Holocaust" was broadcast in four parts from April 16to April 19. It was extremely popular, earning a 49% market share. It was also popular in Europe and had a major impact when it was broadcast in West Germanyin January 1979.
The nine-and-a-half hour program starred
Meryl Streep, James Woodsand Michael Moriarty, as well as a large supporting cast. It was directed by Marvin J. Chomsky, a veteran of countless television specials including ABC's highly successful miniseries "Roots", which first aired a year earlier, in 1977. The teleplay was written by novelist-producer Gerald Green, who later adapted the script into a novel.
"Holocaust" won the
Emmy Awardfor Outstanding Limited Series. It also won Emmys for stars Streep, Moriarty and Blanche Baker. Chomsky and Green also won Emmys. Morton Gould's music was nominated, but did not win. Gould's music score was also nominated for a Grammy Awardfor Best Album of Original Score for a Movie or Television Program. Co-stars David Warner, Sam Wanamaker, Tovah Feldshuh, Fritz Weaverand Rosemary Harriswere all nominated for Emmys, and they too, did not win. However, Harris won a Golden Globe Award (for Best TV Actress - Drama) for her performance, as did Moriarty (for Best TV Actor - Drama).
The program was produced by Robert "Buzz" Berger, and was filmed on location in
Austriaand West Berlin.
The miniseries created controversy for supposedly trivializing the
Holocaust. The television format meant the realism of the situation was muted, while the fact that NBC made a great deal of money from advertising, led to accusations that the tragedywas being commercialized. Its creators defended it by arguing that it was an important factor in developing and maintaining awareness of the Holocaust.
The Holocaust TV miniseries was released as a Region 1 DVD by "Paramount" on May 27th, 2008.
List of Holocaust films
* [http://www.museum.tv/archives/etv/H/htmlH/holocaust/holocaust.htm "Holocaust"] at The
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