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Conspiracy (2001)

TV Movie  |  R  |   |  Drama, History, War  |  19 May 2001 (USA)
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A dramatic recreation of the Wannsee Conference where the Nazi Final Solution phase of the Holocaust was devised.

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The historical recreation of the 1942 Wannsee Conference, in which Nazi and SS leaders gathered in a Berlin suburb to discuss the "Final Solution to the Jewish Question". Lead by SS-General Reinhard Heydrich, this group of high ranking German officials came to the historic and far reaching decision that the Jews of Europe were to be exterminated in what would come to be known as the Holocaust. Written by Anthony Hughes <husnock31@hotmail.com>

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One Of The Greatest Crimes Against Humanity Was Perpetrated In Just Over An Hour. See more »

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Since detailed records of the Wannsee Conference did not survive World War II, minor details of the film (such as the seating arrangement at the conference table, what was actually served for lunch, and who was wearing a uniform compared to who wasn't) were totally up to the guess of the film's producers and not based on any historical evidence.

The producers and writer did have access to more primary material than it might seem at first. During his trial in Israel, Adolf Eichmann provided many details about the subject of the film, even down to specific conversations, the general tone of the meeting, and other details. In particular, it's worth noting that a good bit of the dialog in the movie is lifted verbatim from relevant memos and speeches by Nazi officials that were preserved, are part of the historical record, and cited by numerous sources. Many specific locutions used by the men in the film can be found as cited, for instance, in Gitta Sereny's book "Albert Speer: His Battle with Truth" as well as other sources. The single-page, neutered summary of the meeting that survived in the files of the German Foreign Office is far from the only primary source used by the film-makers. See more »

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As Heydrich's car approaches the house a shot from the rear shows a clearly displayed D sticker to the right of the license plate but a matter of seconds later as the vehicle pulls up in front of the house the sticker has disappeared. See more »

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[first lines]
Adolf Eichmann: How many rolls?
Stenographer: Enough for four hours, sir.
Adolf Eichmann: Too many. Two hours worth should be sufficient.
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Version of The Final Solution: The Wannsee Conference (1984) See more »

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String Quintet in C Major', D.956: Adagio
Written by Franz Schubert
Performed by Ensemble Villa Musica
courtesy of Naxos of America
by arrangement with Source Q
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Powerful and Chilling
8 May 2004 | by (London) – See all my reviews

This movie could have been entitled, "how to chair a board meeting" or "how not to chair a board meeting" - given that the outcome of the meeting was the "final solution".

Gen. Heidrich with consumate skill and care manipulated the gathered Nazi hierarchy to the pre-arranged and pre-destined solution to the Jewish question.

There are a number of moments of exceptional power in the movie - one is where Kritzinger realises the truth, another is where Heidrich makes it clear to Shtukhard that he will be victimised if he does not cooperate. But the best moment must be when even those in favour realise that they are not there to decide the matter but to be to lend their complicity to the pre-made decision.

The psychology of the writing is insprired. I have never been so totally captivated by the mix of acting, subject matter and drama. This is a must see.


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