10. Son Of Saul
For many people, Steven Spielberg's Schindler's List is the definitive film about the Holocaust. But, as Stanley Kubrick, Michael Haneke and other filmmakers have pointed out, Schindler's List is about hope - precisely the opposite of what the Holocaust truly represented about the darkest aspects of humanity.
Kubrick never got around to directing a film about the Holocaust, but if he did it's likely to have been much closer in tone to Son Of Saul, Hungarian director László Nemes directorial debut which depicts events inslde a concentration camp from the perspective of Saul Ausländer, a member of the Soderkommando. Taking place over the course of just over a day, it depicts the full horror of the Nazi extermination camps, as Saul leads unsuspecting victims into the gas chambers and cleans up the aftermath, including his recently deceased son.
Nemes frames the imagery in tight close ups which track Saul through the camp, leaving much of the atrocities to be glimpsed on the periphery of the screen. But this "less is more" approach to the subject - no doubt made out of a sensitivity to not be seen as exploitation - only heightens the feeling of despair and dread. This is the closest the Holocaust has come to receiving the "pure cinema" treatment in dedcades.