Inside the Third Reich (1982)





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The two-part TV movie Inside the Third Reich was based on the extraordinary revelatory (if self-serving) autobiographical book by Albert Speer. Played herein by Rutger Hauer, Speer is a young man of privilege in pre-Hitler Germany who happens to be a brilliant architect. Becoming a member of Hitler's inner circle, Speer is appointed the Nazi regime's master builder. According to this film, Speer is egomaniacal and ambitious, but somewhat blinded to the inherent evils of Nazism. Though he'd later claim to be ignorant of Hitler's horrific policies aimed at the Jews, he was certainly aware of the use of Jewish prisoners as slave labor: as Germany's armaments minister during World War II, Speer exploited these enslaved unfortunates as much as anyone, if not more so. The cast includes Derek Jacobi as Hitler, Blythe Danner as Speer's wife Margarethe, John Gielgud as Speer's father, Ian Holm as Goebbels, Maurice Roeves as Hess, and George Murcell as Goering. Originally running 5 hours, Inside the Third Reich was filmed in Munich; it was first telecast on May 9 and 10, 1982.
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Rutger Hauer
as Albert Speer
Derek Jacobi
as Hitler
Blythe Danner
as Margarete
John Gielgud
as Speer Sr.
Ian Holm
as Goebbels
Trevor Howard
as Prof. Tessenow
Randy Quaid
as Putzi Hanfstaengel
Maria Schell
as Mrs. Speer
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Any film on the Third Reich succeeds or fails based on the performance of Hitler and his larger than life subordinates. We should be in good hands with Derek Jacobi but he gives in a surprisingly passionless performance that would leave an uninformed viewer wondering what on earth Hitler did that was so bad. The Nazis in general seem like not unreasonable blokes, which really undermines the moral point of the film: that Albert Speer was a relatively amoral man with occasional spurts of conscience among immoral men. Hauer is wonderful in the part, which makes it a shame that the film doesn't give many opportunities to do anything with it.

Stuart McCunn
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