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A Vile Beguile. Brilliant in its heartless portrayal of calculated, pure evil. All should watch this great lesson from history.
on 4 March 2015
Kenneth Branagh IS Reinhard Heydrich; the amoral, cultured but unfeeling assembler of the final, efficient solution in disposing of an entire race of innocent people. Stanley Tucci IS Adolph Eichmann; the bureaucrat who crosses every 't' and dots every 'i' of pure evil. Colin Firth IS Dr Wilhelm Stuckart; the author of the Third Reich's racial laws and the would-be legal apologist for genocide. Everyone who earnestly desires the prevention of anything like this carnival of death from ever happening again, quite simply, must watch this `vile beguile.' These `men' and other leading voices meet, in the pleasant lakeside setting of Wannsee; a suburb of Berlin, rather as if they are attending a high-level board meeting to discuss an exciting new business strategy that will embrace novel and fruitful recycling and disposal methods which, if they are not dealt with, are threatening to stall the `company's' export drive, profitability and possibly survival. But they are not ordinary businessmen. They are not ordinary men at all. They are monsters with hearts of demons. It is the coldly matter-of-fact way that this fabulous yet unnerving drama is presented to the viewer that truly chills the heart. Amorality, total lack of guilt or human feelings and a total disregard for human life combine to horrify the heart and soul of all who watch it. All the actors are terrifically and terrifyingly brilliant and Wannsee has been faithfully recreated within a freezing January of 1942. However, it is the hearts of the Nazi monsters who assemble here which are by far the coldest thing on display. Watch it and absorb this greatest lesson of history.