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Posted: 12/18/2005 10:55:13 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/18/2005 10:56:09 AM EDT by Hellhound]
Probably seen it 5-6 times whenever they play it on HBO.

www.imdb.com/title/tt0266425/

Plot Summary for
Conspiracy (2001) (TV)

The historical recreation of the 1942 Wannsee Conference, in which Nazi and SS leaders gathered in a Berlin suburb to discuss the "Final Solution to the Jewish Question". Lead by SS-General Reinhard Heydrich, this group of high ranking German officials came to the historic and far reaching decision that the Jews of Europe were to be exterminated in what would come to be known as the Holocaust.

It is Nazi Germany, 1942. The Russian Front has bogged down in snow and mud, and the Americans have entered the war. For the first time, defeat is a possibility. In light of this, fifteen high-ranking members from all areas of the Nazi government - soldiers, economists, administrators and lawyers - are brought together by order of the Fuhrer in a luxurious mansion in Wansee, Berlin. No records of their meeting will be kept, and they will not reveal the substance of their discussion to the outside world. The issue before them is to determine a solution - a final solution - to the Jewish problem. And their solution will lead to one of the most horrific and shameful episodes in human history.


Some tid bits:

* This production used an almost theatrical performance style during shooting. The performers stayed in costume and character from the start to the end of each day of filming. A set was used with solid (non-moving) walls and ceilings, to reinforce the reality of the setting, and eliminate any delays for changing camera or lighting setups. The action was filmed in extremely long sequences, sometimes 20 pages or more of script at a stretch, which is unusual in this type of production. However many of the actors have a Shakespearean background, and having to memorize this amount of dialogue was not a new experience for them. The production style required the use of the Super 16 film format. This was needed because of the longer film magazines available for those cameras, and also the smaller size, allowing the cameras to get in very close to the performers sitting around a conference table, the setting used for the bulk of the story.

* Since detailed records of the Wannsee Conference did not survive World War II, minor details of the film (such as the seating arrangement at the conference table, what was actually served for lunch, and who was wearing a uniform compared to who wasn't) were totally up to the guess of the film's producers and not based on any historical evidence.

* Apart from the record Eichmann plays at the end there is no music in the entire film.

* The opening and closing of the film have Heydrich flying to and from the Wannsee Conference, which took place on January 20, 1942. However, Heydrich was officially grounded by Heinrich Himmler after he was shot down by Russian anti-aircraft in late 1941.
Link Posted: 12/18/2005 11:08:53 AM EDT
Sorry, I was thinking "Conspiracy Theory" never seen "Conspiracy"

Might have to check it out.

GM
Link Posted: 12/18/2005 11:27:36 AM EDT
Conspiracy is fucking awesome.

I saw it on HBO a couple times. GREAT flick, great characters. Very very interesting stuff.


- rem

Link Posted: 12/18/2005 4:06:32 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/18/2005 4:07:12 PM EDT by raven]
Really strange movie, how the only argument against the Holocaust was on strictly legal grounds, the guy arguing against it hated the Jews and thought they should be liquidated, but it should be done in a way compliant with the law

Monsters.
Link Posted: 12/19/2005 10:53:00 AM EDT
Never heard of it. Will have to try and find it, it sounds like.
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