"I was the only one of 300 people left alive," explains a Holocaust survivor who now spends some of each summer along with others of his kind in an isolated rural re-
sort in New York's Catskill Mountains. Because this seasonal holiday has been go-
ing on for 25 years, time and attrition has culled the group's membership consider-
ably -- and will even more before this 97-minute film has drawn to a close.
The new documentary about these aging seniors, by Andrew Jacobs (shown at left), with some of its photography done by Albert Maysles, is a catch-as-catch-can look at their lives as they prepare for, arrive at, spend their holiday in, and then leave -- perhaps for the last time -- FOUR SEASONS LODGE, their hallowed place of refuge that also provides the film's title. At one time, we are told, there were 150 of these post-Holocaust survivor colonies. Now there is but one and, thanks to Jacobs and his crew, we're visiting it: hearing the memories and watching these old friends interact by way of jokes, parties, meals, singing, dancing and discussion.
ting talk centers around love and relationships during WWII: "They would say, whenever a marriage proved no good, that Hitler was the matchmaker." Any suspense the film musters hangs on whether or not the resort will be shut down at the end of this year. Yet, at this point in time, even if it does not close this year, then it will the next. Or the next, as fewer and fewer survivors remain.