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I felt sympathy for Adolf Eichmann who was doing his job for his Führer and his Fatherland. From the beginning of the movie I hated the Jews. All those Star of David flags flying around reminded me of Turkish flags flying around everywhere, the barbarian Turks who took over Greek Byzantine lands in cold blood. Israel was bought and paid for in cold blood and illegally. The Jews declared war on Germany in 1933!!!!! And the Jews forced Britain to declare war on Germany in September 1939 after invading Poland. THE JEWS DESTROYED GERMANY IN BOTH WWI AND WWII. JEWS ARE SWINDLERS, CROOKS AND CHEATERS.
What can you say? This film had potential...a lot. Here you have a chance to make a modern-day classic. A courtroom drama on the level of Judgment at Nuremburg (1961, Stanley Kramer) or a more personal drama like The Verdict (1982, Sidney Lument) could have been the result of a more focused script. Alas, we have a mediocre film with a running time of about 100 minutes; not enough time to do justice to the film's potential. Although, there are glimpses of what might have been and these make the film worth watching: (1) The actual subject of Adolf Eichmann's trial isn't discussed very frequently nowadays and it is refreshing to see it in a public light; (2) the acting is good, but Thomas Kretschmann as Eichmann is great; Kretschmann alone is reason enough to view the film; and (3) a clear theme emerges throughout the film despite the script's lack of focus, which is the "banality of evil" as personified by Eichmann; it is not a new theme as Hannah Ardent proposed it as her thesis in the classic book: Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil (1963). The theme is as timely today as it was then and makes a great topic for research. Despite these glimpses of potential greatness, the film skews into questionable historical waters and goes for the splinter approach of trying balance the Avner Less home story, workplace politics, historical and familial flashbacks, and the Holocaust as an event and a memory. It is just too much for the time frame and the film suffers as a result. If only, if only...
This film is a prime example of missing the point. Adolf Eichmann was responsible for organizing and running the Holocaust. He was a heartless bastrd and his subordinates had pretty well sold him up the river as soon as they got the chance. Everyone knew he was guilty as sin. Which makes the whole dramatic theme of the movie insane: that they needed to get him to admit to the murders or set him free. Eichmann admits from the start that he was in charge, but argues that he was just following orders, a defense already tried by dozens of deceased war criminals at the Nuremberg Trials. But apparently it's not enough to have just organized the largest genocide in human history. No, he has to have done it for evil reasons or he's a free man. Because apparently the crime of murdering millions of people is somehow less than the crime of being an anti-semite.
In trying to turn him into more of a comic book supervillain they miss the entire point of Eichmann. He WAS just following orders. He was a dull petty-minded bureaucrat who was content to leave the moral decisions to his superiors. It's one of the scariest things about him. Crazy raving Hitler is easy to understand. But having the man in charge of so much murder kill not through a bottomless well of malice but through sheer indifferenceâ¦ well that's a harder thing to come to terms with. But instead they need to make him malicious, because simplifying villainy is the easiest way to not have to come to terms with the evil in all of us. To say that the final revelation that, gosh, maybe he wasn't so fond of the Jews after all, is a major anticlimax is understating the case. It should never have been an issue.
While The Portrayal Of Eichmann Was Riveting, The Story Lacked Pacing And Consistency. Hard To Keep Focus Throughout.
Intense drama. The 7 month interogation of newly captured Eichmann reduced to 1hr. 40 minutes. I found the film engrossing but tough to sit through. And we all know the end, don't we? (hint: rope)
SEE the official trailer here
Eichmann recounts events from his past to a young Israeli officer, Captain Avner Less (Troy Garity), who is faced with the immense task of tricking the skilled manipulator into self-incrimination.
As mentioned at the end of the film in the credits by the interrogator, Capt. Less,.... kids or teens today barely know or are unaware of a Hitler or and Eichmann. The atrocites of the past are preventable, he believes, by "pure" democracy. [which the world has not seen since ancient Greece, btw. Today we have '
[img]https://encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSq0i7KAOJqbc5vJmwZpOvCVmsY_P0T05JwvwSW2U0lg_ya_TND[/img] The then young Adolf Eichman, confident, cocky
The film is well done, the dialect is at times hard to understand and the film constantly shifts from the past to the present, recalling events in Adolf Eichmann's ridiculouosly patriotic past as "just following orders".
How ironic that this fellow, Eichamann, the greatest facilitator (he would not admit first person murder) of human misery short of Adolf Hitler himeself, should end up in modern day Israel to face justice.
1 Mr. Kretschmann holds your attention through each whining complaint and bland denial. His character may be banal, but his portrayal is the only thing that keeps you watching.
2 Sincere, handsomely produced rendition of real-life encounter...amounts to an engaging drama seasoned by a dollop of soft-core titillation.
3 Eichmann is illuminating, comprehensive, richly detailed and timelessly important - but also ponderous.
1 "Eichmann is a biographical film detailing the interrogation of Adolf Eichmann. Directed by Robert Young, the film stars Thomas Kretschmann as Eichmann and Troy Garity as Eichmann's Israeli interrogator, Avner Less. It was first released in Brazil in September 2007, and was released in the United States in October 2010"--wikipedia
2 As the film shrewdly points out, if Eichmann were deported to Germany, he would never be executed as modern Germany had no death penalty.
3 Released in Brazil, the film only grossed 2700 dollars.
SEE the entire film here:
Thomas Kretschmann as Adolf Eichmann
Troy Garity as Captain Avner Less
Franka Potente as Vera Less
Stephen Fry as Minister Tormer
Delaine Yates as Miriam Fröhlich
Tereza Srbova as Baroness Ingrid von Ihama
Judit Viktor as Ann Marie
Stephen Greif as Hans Lipmann
[img]http://cdn1.tabletmag.com/wp-content/files_mf/1302198745et-stills-lead-380.jpg[/img] On trial, the real Adolf Eichmann
September 2007 (Brazil)
[img]http://content6.flixster.com/rtmovie/58/52/58524_gal.jpg[/img] The interrogator, standing. Eichmann, seated.
Adolf Eichmann was one of the greatest criminals that history has ever known. He was responsible for the death of six million Jews. This film is a good film, but one that falls short of its potential due to its subject matter. I felt that although quite good, it lacked something to really make this film stand out. This is a well acted film that works well due to its subject, and if you're interested in the story, then this may be a film to watch. Eichmann concerns the trial and execution of Adolf Eichmann for crimes against humanity. The plot is well structured, but like I said, it should have been done a bit better because this trial was one of the biggest, most important trials in the history of the 20th century. Actor Thomas Kretschmann plays the titular role, and he is the saving grace of the film, and he makes you keep watching because his performance is intense and disturbing. The film is quite interesting but for its short runtime, I feel that the filmmakers rushed it a bit, and didn't offer a more elaborate in depth look at the Eichmann trial. For what we see here, it is good, but it does fall short of what this film could have been. The performances from the cast are what really save this film from being a total dud and the story is quite interesting of course, but if you want to know the full facts, read books on the subject and watch a few documentaries as well. This film offers an interest in that part of history, and it's something worth a watch due to the fact that these events were quite important and played a big part of bringing justice to one of the biggest crimes ever committed. For all its faults, it's thrilling to see the interrogation of Adolf Eichmann unfolding and more facts about his involvement arise and Eichmann gets exactly what he deserved. Overall imperfect, but with great performances, this one is worth seeing.
This is an important historical drama that shows how Israel treated SS- Obersturmbannführer Adolf Eichmann decently during his interrogation...despite what he had done to more than 6 million Jews during the Holocaust of Drittes Reich. Thomas Kretschmann is able to show the calmness and demeanour of the manipulative Adolf Eichmann.
The only downside of this film is the fact that the film is almost entirely in English, save for some Hebrew dialogues. The focus should have been more on making the characters speak German and Hebrew for a more original feel, especially given the fact that most of the actors are of German or Israeli origin.
Based on the interrogation of Adolf Eichmann, telling the story of the Israeli who was interrogating him, and the strain it had on him and his family trying to get an admission of guilt. Also flashback scenes of Eichmann's letters he wrote to his family as well as the true nature of his crimes whilst he denies everything.
A good film for any history buffs.