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The movie adds little to our historical or emotional understanding of the Holocaust.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Horrific images of beatings and shootings are adorned with isolated sound effects that seem borrowed from a comedy. The effect is repellently trivializing ...
There is little unknown about Himmler's pivotal part in genocide. The film's power is in its access to the private workings of psychotic power-mongering, ideological hatred and pious self-pity.
As racism and anti-Semitism continue to rise in Europe and the United States, understanding the life and mind of an anti-Semite [Heinrich Himmler] who rationalized a way to murder so many people because of race is an educational imperative.
It is sort of like watching Hell's production of A.R. Gurney's Love Letters, because its correspondents have certainly earned damnation.
How could a man so ordinary and even typical have wreaked so much malevolent destruction?
Ultimately, it gives less insight into the actual psychology of an introverted mass murderer and war criminal and his repression of any sense of guilt than one would have hoped for.
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