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After fifteen years as the country's most creative concert series, Remi Arts, Inc.--producing under the series Regina Resnik Presents--expanded into documentary film with resounding success. In April 2013, the WNET / Thirteen broadcast premiere of the acclaimed documentary Regina Resnik Presents Geto: The Historic Jewish Ghetto of Venicedrew more than 43,000 viewers. It was the final artistic effort of Ms. Resnik’s historic career – narrating and co-producing at age 90!
In 1980 the Lithuanian-born painter and sculptor Arbit Blatas created seven bronze bas-reliefs, entitled The Monument of the Holocaust, in the Ghetto of Venice to memorialize the Venetian Jews who died in World War II. With the consecration of the monument as its inspiration, Geto becomes the first film about this storied corner of Venice that first sequestered the Jews and that gave the word “ghetto” to the world. Regina Resnik and Michael Philip Davis wrote and produced; Ms. Resnik narrates.
Arbit Blatas stands before his Monument of the Holocaust in the Venice Ghetto
(Photo credit: Ennio Casagrande)
The film re-creates the Jews' unique walled-in existence, beginning with their exile to the Ghetto in 1515, and their complicated relationship with the Christian world. The film travels through the Napoleonic liberation, the Austrian occupation, and Italian independence. The darkest part of the Ghetto's history, the Fascist period, comes to life in rare footage of Hitler's and Mussolini's first meeting, which occurred in Venice in 1934. The Venetian Jews ultimately met the same fate as much of European Jewry under Hitler and Mussolini. The liberation from the Nazis in 1945 leads us back to Blatas and The Monument of the Holocaust.
The Last Train by Arbit Blatas
(Photo credit: Amy R. Sperling)
In 1993 the President of Italy, Oscar Luigi Scalfaro, unveiled a magnificent single bas-relief by Blatas, The Last Train, in an historic ceremony commorating with the 50th anniversary of the Venetian Jews' deportation from the Ghetto. It was the first time an Italian head of state had ever visited the Ghetto.
A poignant epitaph for the victims of the Venice Ghetto, representing all the victims of the Holocaust, The Last Train makes a moving and powerful conclusion to the film.
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