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and riveting account of the implementation of the Final Solution and the culpability
of the Vatican in the extermination of millions in Nazi Death Camps. The strength
of the fi lm relies in part on the intimacy of the story told: chemist Kurt Gerstein
(Ulrich Tukur) is an SS officer in charge of hygiene. When he learns that methods
he developed to eradicate typhus are being used in gas chambers, he turns to
representatives of the Vatican for help, to fi nd that the only one who will listen to
him is a young and powerless Jesuit priest (Mathieu Kassovitz).
Special Features: Feature length audio commentary with director Costa-Gavras and ilm critic Wade Major; 2014 Re-release trailer; BBC Documentary - Pope Pius XII: The Pope, the Jews and the Nazis
Costa-Gavras has wanted to make Amen for
nearly four decades, and it was worth the wait. --Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
Riveting...Amen is a must-see. --Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
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Perhaps for many viewers this is not an imporatnt consideration, but for those who wish to watch the film in its original form, it is available from Amazon.de under its original title "Der Stellvertreter (The Deputy)". The German DVD includes an English soundtrack for those who prefer it, but also a German soundtrack with German subtitles.
At the beginning of the film, people of the Christian faith seem to be doing the right thing. People with mental and physical disabilities are being sent to the death camps, and churches, particularly the Roman Catholic Church boldly speak against the atrocity. Yet when the same thing happens to the Jews, the vigilant churches remain indifferent at best, and in more cases than not, silent. The more the churches realize the atrocities, the more deafening the silence becomes.
Amen breaks new ground as far as the discussion is concerned. Much has been made about the silence of the Vatican in general, and more specifically Pope Pius XII's failure to speak. The film could have used the easy answer, namely fear that the Vatican would be destroyed, and would therefore destroy the Church as well. While this is mentioned in the film, it really does not seem to be the major reason for the silence. The choice for the Church was either to side with the Allies, which included Russia, a Communist nation. The Communists were viewed as more evil since Communists opposed religion.Read more ›
This is a partially fictionalized story of a true figure involved in "The Final Solution", chemist Kurt Gerstein. Many of the persons surrounding him are fictional and used as a vehicle to illustrate the varying levels of conscience or courage. I suggest that the viewer look at the church in this instance as one of the individuals or characters that embody a degree of reaction. I cannot attest to the complete accuracy of this movie. However, history is pretty clear on at least the generalities. We cannot choose to ignore history just because it's unflattering.
THE PLOT: Chemist Kurt Gerstein is involved in developing methods of fighting the Typhus disease and is commissioned into the infamous Waffen SS. He soon discovers his chemical methods are also being introduced into the process of genocide at concentration camps in the form of gas chambers. He is invited to Poland and actually shown the process as SS officers view the extermination of human beings through glass peep holes. Gerstein recoils in awful realization, but remains mute in an act of caution. The other SS officers react in combinations of fascination, achievement and horror as they absorb the image. Gerstein returns and attempts to organize action against the genocide behind the scenes, but also continues in the program in order to gain information and sometimes hinder the process.Read more ›
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Good acting, historically accurate, focused on one of the least known aspects of the Jewish extermination by the Nazis - the determination of an SS officer, Kurt Gerstein, to let... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Der Graf
A well done movie focused on attempts to respond with conscience and morals to one of the most horrifying and immoral events in the 20th CenturyPublished 5 months ago by Robert A. Davis
Totally INACCURATE garbage baloney based on Anti-Catholic rhetoric which is easily debunked by http://en.wikipedia. Read morePublished 6 months ago by FritzJerries
This movie is beautiful and dramatic and loosely conveys the story of Kurt Steingert. It's based on the debunked play, The Depury. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Sawfingers
Pathetic attempt at revising history. The Church of Rome and the Jesuit Order was behind Hitler and the Nazis. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Contendia