French film director and screen writer,  Jean-Luc Godard:

It’s not where you take things from, it’s where you take them to.

Mr. Godard is rumored to be considering directing a film adaptation of Daniel Mendelsohn’s “The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million,” an award-winning book about the Holocaust.  That was in 2009 though, so the current status of this is questionable.

What’s interesting about this is that Stanley Kubrick was also going to make a film about the Holocaust titled, “The Aryan Papers” but decided against it. Daring Fireball mentioned this here. Mr. Kubrick decided against it after the release of Shindler’s List, as mentioned in this piece by Richard Brody in the New Yorker.

Frederic Raphael, who co-authored the screenplay for “Eyes Wide Shut,” recalls Kubrick questioning whether a film could truly represent the Holocaust in its entirety. After Raphael mentioned “Schindler’s List,” Kubrick replied: “Think that’s about the Holocaust? That was about success, wasn’t it? The Holocaust is about six million people who get killed. `Schindler’s List’ is about 600 who don’t. Anything else?”

What brings all of this full circle and how does Mr. Godard fit into this?  The last paragraph of the Brody piece:

So—returning to the thought that launched these extraordinary byways—what I most value in directors’ archives is the virtual realization of the films that directors didn’t make, which, Jean-Luc Godard has said, are often as important as the ones they actually made.

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