The Decent One


The Decent One

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A recently discovered cache of hundreds of personal letters, diaries and photos belonging to the Nazi Gestapo chief seems to reveal a thoughtful, loving husband and devoted father to his daughter. The documents first found in the Himmler family house in 1945 were hidden in Tel Aviv for decades and sold to the father of the Israeli documentary filmmaker, Vanessa Lapa. Through readings of Himmler's and his family's most personal writings and rarely seen restored film footage from key German archives, Lapa has fashioned a fascinating case study: a portrait of the man responsible for some of the worst atrocities of the Second World War, who thought of himself in heroic terms. (C) Kino

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  • The decision to add in sound effects to zhoosh up the imagery may irk some purists, but Lapa also knows when silence is most effective.

    Apr 2, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The movie adds little to our historical or emotional understanding of the Holocaust.

    Jan 16, 2015 | Full Review…
  • The director sometimes ham-handedly embellishes the readings of notes written by Himmler, his wife, his mistress and his daughter with music and sound effects, but the film works best when it is at its most austere.

    Dec 12, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Lapa leaves it to us to determine how a man could be so unaware of his moral failings, but some perspective from the filmmaker would have been helpful.

    Dec 11, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • A film that doubtless will intrigue a diverse cross-section of academics, historians and history buffs, despite some of Lapa's questionable attempts to enhance the dramatic impact of her narrative.

    Oct 13, 2014 | Full Review…

    Joe Leydon

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  • At its most effective ... "The Decent One" reveals a psychological portrait of a man devoted to his family yet consumed by a soul-blackening and horrifically destructive cause.

    Oct 9, 2014 | Full Review…

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