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The Interrogation (2016)

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In 1946, Rudolf Franz Ferdinand Höss, the longest serving commander of Auschwitz concentration camp, is awaiting trial in a Polish prison. Albert, a young and successful Polish ... See full summary »

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Erez Pery
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Joan Blackham ... Hilary Martin
Romanus Fuhrmann Romanus Fuhrmann ... Rudolf Hoess
Maciej Marczewski ... Albert
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In 1946, Rudolf Franz Ferdinand Höss, the longest serving commander of Auschwitz concentration camp, is awaiting trial in a Polish prison. Albert, a young and successful Polish investigation judge, is appointed to interrogate Höss and get a perfect confession out of him. The encounter between the two men will unveil the frightening routine and banalization of evil that took place in the camp. By introducing the use of Zyklon B in Auschwitz, Rudolf Höss carried out the most efficient mass killing process ever known, which claimed the lives of approximately 1.1 million people. The film is based on the memoirs Höss wrote before his execution.

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Israel

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German

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2016 (Israel) See more »

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The Kommandant See more »

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Based on the autobiography of Auschwitz commander Rudolf Höss. See more »

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Very Bleak recreation of the interrogation of Rudolph Hoss.
29 March 2017 | by t-dooley-69-386916See all my reviews

In 1946 Rudolf Hoss was awaiting trial in a Polish prison but he had yet to confess. The authorities sent a young Polish lawyer to interview him and find out as much of the truth as he could.

Hoss was the longest serving commandant of Auschwitz and as such sent so many people to their deaths that it is almost impossible to have anything but contempt for him.

Now this is a bleak film with undertones quite literally running through the sound track that add a sense of looming doom to the film. The actors are all very good despite the sets being minimalistic and the subject matter so dark.

As you would expect this is as far from a 'feel good' film as you could imagine, but the one thing that struck me was the way you start to nearly feel sorry for Hoss as if he were a victim too. That said I did say 'nearly' and that has to be some sort of achievement for a film with such narrow horizons as this – hence my rating.


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