Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah explores the arduous 12‐year journey that led to the creation of one of the most important films of our time. On the eve of the 30th anniversary of the release of Shoah - Claude Lanzmann’s nine‐and‐a‐half‐hour examination of the Holocaust of European Jews - this documentary reveals for the first time the trials and tribulations the French iconoclast faced. Director Adam Benzine secured exclusive access to Lanzmann, who sat for a week in Paris to talk at length about his life. He tells Lanzmann’s story in his own words, Fog of War‐style. Notably, the film features an array of previously unseen outtake footage that was shot during the creation of Shoah, to illustrate Lanzmann’s journey from the bright‐eyed journalist of 1973 to the world‐weary auteur of 1985, taking in along the way his teenage years fighting in the French resistance, his love affair with Simone de Beauvoir and deep friendship with Jean‐Paul Sartre.