NR, 38 min.
Director: Malcolm Clarke
Writers: Malcolm Clarke, Carl Freed
Featuring: Aliza Sommer-Herz
The Best Documentary Short Oscar-winner for 2014 saved me from going 0-3 in the short categories of the Oscar pool this year. That movie was “The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life”. I don’t really know why I picked it. Perhaps I connected with its subtitle. Perhaps I just thought the Oscar voters couldn’t resist giving an award to a movie about a sweet elderly woman. I didn’t even know if she was sweet. I just assumed because—like all the films of the shorts categories—I hadn’t seen it; nor had most people who didn’t meet the strict voting criterion of the Academy rules on such films.
Well now, thanks to Netflix Instant streaming services, anyone with a subscription to their service can see this sweet Oscar-winner. Had I known what it really was about, I probably would’ve picked it to win for sensible reasons. The Academy has always been a sucker for the Holocaust. The lady of the title is Aliza Sommer-Herz, who was a famous musician before the Nazis decided to ruin everything for everybody. She was (at the time of the filming) the oldest survivor of the holocaust. She passed away just about a week before the Oscars this year.