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The Holocaust (1934-1945)

Toronto 2016: 'Austerlitz,' 'Denial' return to the scene of Nazi crimes

Toronto 2016: 'Austerlitz,' 'Denial' return to the scene of Nazi crimes

Sergei Loznitsa’s eerily brilliant “Austerlitz” consists entirely of a series of black-and-white long takes, framed by a stationary camera on the grounds of what used to be the Sachsenhausen concentration camp in Oranienburg, Germany. Like so many patient, observational documentaries of its kind, the movie continually inspires at least two different, not always conflicting impulses: The temptation to get lost in the image is overwhelming, even as your attention is continually being refreshed and stimulated by the flood of tourists passing before the camera.

On the one hand, this is people watching at its most grimly perverse, and you may wonder at first if Loznitsa...