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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended
The last of the big name Nazis to meet his destiny. The film takes us from his capture in Argentina 15 years after WW2 finished to his trial and execution in Israel. Very well done.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly dull
Given the potentially interesting subject matter, (Eichmann kidnapped in Argentina and placed on trial in Israel), it was surprising just how dull this film really was.

Stephen Fry gives a truly embarrassing performance managing to combine a ham-acted Israeli accent with elements of posh English often within the same sentence.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended, 10 May 2013
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The last of the big name Nazis to meet his destiny. The film takes us from his capture in Argentina 15 years after WW2 finished to his trial and execution in Israel. Very well done.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not so Banal, 6 Jun 2013
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Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles "FIST" (London) - See all my reviews
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Throughout the film you gradually learn more about Eichmann and piece his personality together. In Hannah Arendt's book "Banality of Evil" he just appeared devoid of a personality; inhabiting an autistic world. As he radiates himself within the film, he appears both detached and a necessary sadist, but someone lacking the overall glee.

Set in Israel in the early 1960's, the film portrays the high voltage tension within the state, as it gradually comes to term with the millions of occurrences arising from 20 years earlier. The wounds are open and still fresh; perhaps they have never healed.

How do you replace and account for so much tragedy?

Based on the perceptions of the prosecutor, the film follows his emotional torments. Trying to uphold "justice" and being seen to do the right thing, but trapped in his own vicarious trauma, and so he wrestles forever internally,

The use of Stephen Fry was slightly jarring. Presumably he was put in place for international recognition but personally I would have preferred it if he was not there. I wanted to be immersed in Israel not lite TV entertainment, hence the loss of a star.

Within the main structure, the interrogation switches to numerous flashbacks and this added the depth to the film. If you piece them altogether, the weird disturbing nature of national socialism comes through the shutters in a dark unfiltered light.

The years 1932-1945 were not anomalies, but a reflection of one facet of humanity; its lack of empathy. The scale of the killing becomes too big to contemplate, so breaking it down into bite sized chunks, the idea that wiping out half a million children then suddenly becomes disturbing. It makes you wonder how Blair sleeps?

On top of these figures are the half a million gypsies and then add the numerous micro incidents, each rising up from the dead, the scale of atrocities are far too immense to bring to justice. After 1945 Eichmann was previously buried in the shadows. Emerging as the man who operated the trains and planned the logistics, he was not the man who dropped the gas, but the chap who made everything tick tock. Eichmann was the model bureaucrat, the town planner, the logistics man.

With a former Jewish lover he claimed to have no race hatred, forever obeying orders from above. He had good reason to be cocky, as many former Nazis had been set free. In some cases they were given their old jobs back by the Allies see Von Verschuer (Mengele's boss). Eichmann felt confident, despite being caught that he could beat the drop.

The Israelis had to make the case stick beyond doubt, after all, the USA their main backers had employed many of the Nazis for counter communist work - see MK ultra and Klaus Barbie. Israel had kidnapped Eichmann in contrary of international law and brought him back for a trial, to satiate internal desires for recompense, something their American masters were wary of proceeding with.

If this was 1945, Eichmann would have been shot dead and no questions asked, but the longer the Cold War dragged on, the more the former enemies were seen as allies. The film reflects the interrogation records. It operates as a duel between prosecution and Eichmann to gain a confession. It took months of playing cat and mouse, gradually wearing him down to the point where a prosecution would stick. It needed to fend off American credulity and this is the point of the film.

Shot in a sepia colour, it is less than romantic, laced with some erotica based upon a sexual thrill, one of the participants of the holocaust. Mostly it details his sense of immunity, locked within a grandiose prism of nihilism with an overarching flow of power at his disposal. With this power he and like minded other recreated their childhood angst on a grand scale. Their actions were culled from the tales of Grimm except with no boundaries. See Pied Piper of Hamlin, Hansel and Gretel. Each operated to corral an internal nihilism, oozing race, blood and soil.

An eye opener for many reasons, but each can find their own rationale within.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, great performance!!!, 2 Oct 2013
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A very good film to watch, especially for people who are interested in the story of WW2. The movie captures how Eichmann appeared "normal" while in prison despite the monstrosity of his actions! Highly recommend it!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good film about a lesser known member of the nazi hierarchy., 30 Mar 2013
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I really enjoyed..if that's quite the right sentiment(given the subject material-the holocaust).
It seems that Eichmann escaped the original Nuremberg trials ..which saw many leading Nazis
go to their deaths..except goerring..who committed suicide..via a cyanide tab which someone slipped him.

But fate eventually caught up with Eichmann years later ..when he finally was answerable to his part in the
Nazi extermination of the Jews..which saw 5 million and probably many more people go to their deaths,in the
holocaust.

A very good, if very thought provoking,and slightly disturbing film.
Highly recommended.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly dull, 2 May 2014
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Given the potentially interesting subject matter, (Eichmann kidnapped in Argentina and placed on trial in Israel), it was surprising just how dull this film really was.

Stephen Fry gives a truly embarrassing performance managing to combine a ham-acted Israeli accent with elements of posh English often within the same sentence.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film, 4 July 2014
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Amazing performance by Thomas Kretschmann
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother, 11 April 2014
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This film was dull and disappointing. Content and storyline very thin....and why include Stephen Fry? He looked totally out of place and contributed nothing to the film. Wouldn't recommend it.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish, 22 Jun 2014
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I cannot understand some of the reviews this film was absolute rubbish. I would not recommend this at all. I given 1 star for the fast delivery
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 20 Aug 2014
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Good film very informative.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars must watch, 3 Mar 2014
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this although hard to watch at times is agreat film that people should see throu acting is superb this should be the type of history lesson in schools instead of henry 8th rubbish which is not relevant
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