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The Devil Next Door: Limited Series (2019)
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That said, it's a chilling, often intriguing survey of an event that many of us may remember, but in our current political landscape is worth revisiting. This documentary - like history - should be deeply considered despite its imperfections.
This saga of multiple legal battles, alive with passion and uncertainty, is filled with proofs leading here, twists leading there, until finally there are facts. That journey never loses an iota of its riveting force.
It largely stuck to the relatively straightforward task of delineating events as they unfolded, although even here there were leaps and gaps in the telling I needed to fill in for myself via the internet after it was all over.
The directors do so well to populate the Israeli trial portion of the story, but aren't nearly as successful following the case past that.
Unfortunately, despite being a difficult but necessary watch, all The Devil Next Door did was leave this almost-question hanging in the last 15 minutes.
The Devil Next Door is a good revisiting of a case that has faded from a lot of people's minds. But to those who remember it, or even those who weren't around back then, it'll bring this important case back to life.
It was a lot to fit into 5 episodes and could have benefitted with one or two additional eps in order to flesh out more of what was happening around the trial, instead of in it. Despite this, [it] is still worth your time.
It's a complicated saga where people took their positions early on and never wavered. The series walks a fine line between the two camps and is quite successful in presenting all points of view.
The series is helped greatly by the participation of O'Connor and Sheftel, both of whom are candid and frank - almost to a fault - about the trial and their roles in it, as well in understanding the media scrutiny they both came under.
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Apr 07, 2021There is only one absolute and certain conclusion to this documentary - extremely long lasting and deeply felt need for revenge can possibly lead to self-deception and blind justice. This is in many senses the stories of post WW2, the US and Israel in a combined nutshell, and about them no one can ever be determined.
Jun 06, 2020Netflix has been selecting some interesting material for their documentary machine and this one will likely create a greater emotional response than most.
Apr 01, 2020Fantastic, gripping, docs-series about a modern Nazi war criminal trial that reinvented how these trials are heard. Both justice and injustice are served, but the story itself keeps you getting if it's one that you are unfamiliar with. Absolutely worth watching in today's climate.
Jan 27, 2020Extremely thought provoking and essential story telling of history, The Devil Next Door does a great job of clouding your judgement until the end even if they didn't quite get the timing of the events right.
Dec 08, 2019This documentary covers the complex case of an alleged Nazi prison camp guard, spanning countries, cultures, history, trauma. It does a notable job of presenting the case from all perspectives, treading the very difficult line between the different sides involved and taking into consideration the pain associated with the original events and the re-living of those events as a result of the trials that took place for all involved. It allows the audience autonomy, not pushing you in one direction or the other, and highlighting strengths and weaknesses, problems, cultural connotations on both sides. There is a compassion evident in its storytelling, making it a moving and interesting watch despite its confronting subject matter. It pushes just hard enough to impart the gravitas of the case and its historical significance, interspersing the documentary with footage from the camps, without alienating the audience.
Dec 03, 2019What stands out about this docu is the judgement is left to the audience, whether He was indeed Ivan the terrible or just a regular Ukrainian. The facts are there, but there's no usual in-your-face docu type of propaganda, it makes you think every episode. Given that, that makes it an awesome thriller for a docu, pretty compelling than most hollywood thriller films. It's a must watch for everyone, not only for detective or war history junkies.
Nov 15, 2019Riveting. I wish they would have shown more of the German trial though so we could know why and how he was found guilty.
Nov 14, 2019Its definitely a (hard to see) must watch. The only reason I'm not giving it 5 stars is because it left me with so many more questions.
Nov 13, 2019It was good, not great. I really would've liked one more episode on how the government decided to prosecute him and how they looked into Nazi war criminals. Other than that I liked it.
Nov 11, 2019Very interesting documentary and I think some people are missing what really should have gotten out of it. It was not watching whether they got the right man Ivan the terrible or not. It was seeing how court and law being played out on both sides can be very far from perfect with biasses and prejudices. And these are people who have study law for years and years yet to see how flaw the system an people can be it is almost scary to think how it can very much mirror courts of today. These are the experts defending/prosecuting and judging makes it quite the incentive to want to stay on right side of law because it can some times play out like a bad scene from judge Judy apparently.