Monday, April 26, 2010

Movie of the Week - Conspiracy

This week’s movie is Conspiracy (2001).

The made for television HBO film is a dramatic recreation of the Wannsee Conference where the Nazi Final Solution phase of the Holocaust was devised. The script was written by Loring Mandel based on notes smuggled out of the conference (as notes were not permitted to leave the room). The film is directed by veteran TV filmmaker Frank Pierson and features good work from cinematographer Stephen Goldblatt. The film also boasts an excellent cast including: Kenneth Branagh, Stanley Tucci and Colin Firth. What makes the film great is the performances, the shocking and terrifying implications of its subject and the engaging narrative that Pierson creates. It is a must see for historians interested in the time period. Check out the trailer.

Conspiracy [DVD]

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