Conspiracy (2001) (TV)

Conspiracy (2001) (TV)

Director: Frank Pierson

Cast: Kenneth Branagh as Reinhard Heydrich, Clare Bullus as Maid (as Claire Bullus), Stanley Tucci as Adolf Eichmann, Simon Markey as Stenographer, David Glover as Supervising Butler, David Willoughby as Orderly #1, Tom Hiddleston as Phone Operator, David Spinx as Cook, Dirk Martens as NCO, Barnaby Kay as Rudolf Lange, Peter Sullivan as SS.Col. Eberhard 'Karl' Schöngarth, Ben Daniels as Dr. Joseph Bühler, Andreas Günther as NCO2 (as Andreas Guenther), Ewan Stewart as Dr. Georg Leibbrandt, Brian Pettifer as Dr. Alfred Meyer

This is exactly what television should be like: intelligent,
thought-provoking, brilliantly written and acted. The Wannsee Conference,
held on January, 20, 1942, was convened by Reinhard Heydrich (played by
Kenneth Branagh), Himmler's second in command of the SS, near Berlin: it
gathered 15 top Nazi bureaucrats to coordinate the Final Solution in which
the Nazis would attempt to exterminate the entire Jewish population of
Europe. Heydrich and his deputy Eichmann (Stanley Tucci) kept minutes, so
that this teleplay is based largely on historical fact. The genius of the
actors, the director and writer Loring Mandel is to make us understand how
ordinary top bureaucrats could be pushed into accepting the ultimate
- and to make this into an entertaining, and sometimes even very funny
movie. The writing is so crisp you want to remember every line - can't
*wait* for the DVD.

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