After the Truth
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After the Truth presents us with Mengeles hypothetical trial, which forces us to review his guilt, especially in the context of the wider attitudes towards the dignity of human life in German society. The responsibility of our sense of right and wrong is mirrored in the film by attorney Peter Rohm, whose idealistic belief in the legal system conflicts heavily with his emotional resistance to defending such a monster. The viewer is presented with Josef Mengele the man, flesh and blood, and must hear him out as he quite emotionally yet rationally states the reasons for his work, and his supposed mercy that he imposed on his patients. At the very least the viewer must consider the man, monster or not, and his motives.
German with English and Spanish subtitles.
Winner of the 2000 Brussells International Film Festival for Best Actor (Gotz George)
Winner of the 2000 Aubagne International Film Festival for Best Director and Jury Prize
Winner of the 2000 Valenciennes International Film Festival for Jury Prize
SPECIAL FEATURES: 16 page booklet by Christopher and Kathleen Riley, the screenwriters of After the Truth, and directors of the Act One writing program DVD audio commentary track by screenwriters Christopher and Kathleen Riley.
Utterly engrossing, provocative and impeccably acted.
Detroit Free Press
Courageous and smart. High octane.
A gripping and often surprising moving slice of entertainment.
Courageous and smart. High octane. --Rolling Stone
A gripping and often surprising moving slice of entertainment. --Variety
Top Customer Reviews
Some years ago (probably about twenty years ago so that I don't remember all the details) I was was having a discussion at work with a Czech friend of mine and I mentioned Mengele. My friend said that some years before he had been discussing Mengele with some medical men and that they had told him that Mengele was a bad example to choose as an example of a really evil man. They explained that many of the things Mengele had done were things that medical men might do or would like to do if given the chance.
Some years ago I remember hearing of a baby being bred for spare parts for its sibling. I was outraged that a surgeon in the USA had been allowed to take a chunk out of the new arrival's arm to be inserted into its sibling's arm. What right has anybody got to take chunks out of another human being without informed consent? Moreover, if you read the book "Doctors from Hell: The Horrific Account of Nazi Experiments on Humans by Vivien Spitz (1 Jan 2005) you see that some of the Nazi doctors were executed for doing things that were the same as or close to some things being done currently by some US surgeons.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought it for a class but ended up adding it to my movie collection. Very interesting if you like the Nazis subject.Published on January 6, 2014 by Mariangelie
The real deal. A true story which explained a part of the unforgettable Nazi regime in Germany when Hitler was in power. We can see that evil never prevails.Published on November 22, 2013 by bisdak
A dangerous trip into story telling commences when an American couple wonder: What if the "Beast of Belsen", Josef Mengele, PhD, MD had not died in South America in the seventees... Read morePublished on June 8, 2009 by Fredric K. Kratina