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Review: Oscar-nominated doc shorts tackle mortality, reconciliation
Review: Oscar-nominated doc shorts tackle mortality, reconciliation

This year's Academy Award documentary short subject nominees prove more substantial than their animation and live-action counterparts. Of the three Oscar shorts categories, the docs — a supersized collection of works broken down here into two separate programs — are the most cohesive bunch, with themes of mortality and reconciliation. Two shorts from Program A feature subjects already well documented elsewhere. "The Lady in Number 6" profiles Alice Herz Sommer, the now-110-year-old pianist who recited Chopin's études from memory while inside the Theresienstadt concentration camp in what is now the Czech Republic. Music enlivens her life in north...

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