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on 9 February 2012
PLOT: based on the bio of Albert Speer Hitler's Architect and Minister of Weapon production in WW2~GERMAN with English Subtitles

told in flashbacks~SEBASTION KOCH looks like Speer~ this starts at Nuremberg where Speer and all the head Nazis are on TRIAL for crimes against humanity. Speer gains access to Hitler's inner circle through chance when he "draws up plans" for a Nuremberg Rally that brings him close to Hitler who soon has him drawing up plans for Berlin of of the "future"~ Soon Speer and his family are living near Berchessgarten where Hitler has his Berghof. We see Speer becomes Hitler's friend and confidante~ Speer is appointed Reich Minister of War Production in 1942 when Todt is killed~ * woven into this is modern day INTERVIEWS* of 3 of Speers children who are now over 60~ Hilde, Arnold and Albert Junior who are very candid about their believe Speer knew far more than he admitted too and childhood memories of family life~ as the NAZI TRIALS starts~ We see Speer has more education and is able to "defend" himself using the excuses "he attempted to kill Hitler" and he helped prevent some of the "scorched earth policy" from being implemented as ordered by Hitler. Speer IS VERY intelligent & manipulative~ While most of the Nazis are hung~ Speer is given 20 years~ next Speer is sent to Spandau Prison which is in the center of Berlin and is guarded by all the allies~ a Friendly Doctor at Spandau Prison offers Speer the access to smuggle letters to and from his family. We also get to see what happens to Fraul Speer and the Children~hiding in plain sight with refugees in the British Sector of Germany~ While time grinds along slowly for all the prisoners~ Speer is busy~ writing his biography while at the Prison~ Speer walks and gardens and keeps a *routine* while helps him keep his sanity. this "mini series" is 3 parts each 1 1/2 hour~ Episode 1 is the Trial and flashbacks to his meeting Hitler Part 2 is the War Part 3 is Spandau.
Sebastion Koch is at his very best shows the intelligent Speer and ages to look even more like Speer in Spandau~ well written and based on Speers own diary Inside the Third Reich~ excellent acting and script~ and we see life in side Spandau which few movies about Speer even touch~ FACINATING~ a must see
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