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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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This production is both riveting and shocking. The story line of an SS officer and a Catholic priest working together to expose the genocide of millions of Jews is absolutely... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Wisequacker
I just joined this one and still charge me for this one which it should be free for trailPublished 1 month ago by Sharon Legler
A lot of holocaust films are told from the point of view of the victims, but what about the perpetrators, the conscious objectors, the spies? Who tells their stories? Read morePublished 1 month ago by Gregory Smith
The movie "Amen" would have been much more appreciated by us WWII veterans ( i was born in Arnhem, the Netherlands, and remember the war years well), my partner is 90, one... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Elly Marcucci
Good movie if you like WW!! dramas that leave you with "that was great". A little slow but I really enjoyed it.Published 3 months ago by Ellie