“It Is No Dream” is a biographical documentary about the life of Theodor Herzl. The good news is it isn’t a nightmare, either.
Filmmaker Richard Trank does a better-than-decent job telling the story of the father of Zionism. He integrates contemporary footage of places where Herzl lived and visited with archival footage in an interesting way.
But truth be told, there’s not much you can do when creating a biographical movie about a long- deceased historical figure, especially one as well known as Herzl.
The amount of archival footage is limited. While Trank received access to never-before-seen stills and artifacts, they are just stills and this is a movie. How many times can you use the Ken Burns effect on photographs — moving over them side to side or up and down — before it becomes noticeably repetitive?
Nevertheless, Herzl’s story is well worth retelling and watching — especially for those unfamiliar with his life and work.