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Conspiracy (2001)

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At the Wannsee Conference on January 20, 1942, senior Nazi officials meet to determine the manner in which the so-called "Final Solution to the Jewish Question" can be best implemented.

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Frank Pierson

Writer:

Loring Mandel
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kenneth Branagh ... Reinhard Heydrich
Clare Bullus Clare Bullus ... Maid (as Claire Bullus)
Stanley Tucci ... Adolf Eichmann
Simon Markey ... Stenographer
David Glover David Glover ... Supervising Butler
David Willoughby David Willoughby ... Orderly #1
Tom Hiddleston ... Phone Operator
David Spinx David Spinx ... Cook
Dirk Martens ... NCO
Barnaby Kay ... Rudolf Lange
Peter Sullivan ... SS.Col. Eberhard 'Karl' Schöngarth
Ben Daniels ... Dr. Joseph Bühler
Andreas Guenther ... NCO2
Ewan Stewart ... Dr. Georg Leibbrandt
Brian Pettifer ... Dr. Alfred Meyer
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Storyline

In January 1942, as the United States enters World War II, a conference assembles near Berlin. S.S. General Heydrich and his associate, Lieutenant Eichmann call the meeting to discuss the "evacuation" of Germany's Jews and other undesirables, a code word for their extermination in concentration camps. To begin this Final Solution, they must change the mind of a small group of men opposed to the idea, led by Chancellor Kritzinger. Written by Jwelch5742

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


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Language:

English | German

Release Date:

19 May 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.78 : 1
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This production used an almost theatrical performance style during shooting. The performers stayed in costume and character from the start to the end of each day of filming. A set was used with solid (non-moving) walls and ceilings, to reinforce the reality of the setting, and eliminate any delays for changing camera or lighting set-ups. The action was filmed in extremely long sequences, sometimes twenty pages or more of script at a stretch, which is unusual in this type of production. However, many of the actors had a Shakespearean background, and having to memorize this amount of dialogue was not a new experience for them. The production style required the use of the Super 16 film format. This was needed, because of the longer film magazines available for those cameras, and also the smaller size, allowing the cameras to get in very close to the performers sitting around a conference table, the setting used for the bulk of the story. See more »

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When Georg Liebbrandt exits his car, after it has pulled up to the mansion, the "D" can be seen in the lower right affixed to the bumper. The same "D" that is initially visible on Heydrich's car. As stated in a previous entry the "D" was not put into use until 1949. See more »

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Narrator: Adolph Hitler invaded Poland in September, 1939, starting WWII. By the winter of 1942, his armies were freezing and starving in the snows of Russia, where his best general had died of a heart attack, and America had entered the war. For the first time, Hitler's dream of a German empire to last 1,000 years was in doubt. While he hired and fired generals and the winter grew colder 15 of his officials were ordered from their commands and ministries to meet in a quiet lakeside ...
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String Quintet in C Major', D.956: Adagio
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Brilliant - what television should be like
24 September 2001 | by shezanSee all my reviews

This is exactly what television should be like: intelligent, thought-provoking, brilliantly written and acted. The Wannsee Conference, held on January, 20, 1942, was convened by Reinhard Heydrich (played by Kenneth Branagh), Himmler's second in command of the SS, near Berlin: it gathered 15 top Nazi bureaucrats to coordinate the Final Solution in which the Nazis would attempt to exterminate the entire Jewish population of Europe. Heydrich and his deputy Eichmann (Stanley Tucci) kept minutes, so that this teleplay is based largely on historical fact. The genius of the actors, the director and writer Loring Mandel is to make us understand how ordinary top bureaucrats could be pushed into accepting the ultimate horror - and to make this into an entertaining, and sometimes even very funny movie. The writing is so crisp you want to remember every line - can't *wait* for the DVD.


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