Labyrinth of lies

Labyrinth of lies

DVD - 2016 | German
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"Germany 1958. In those years, "Auschwitz" was a word that some people had never heard of, and others wanted to forget as quickly as possible. Against the will of his immediate superior, young prosecutor Johann Radmann begins to examine the case of recently identified teacher who was a former Auschwitz guard. Radmann soon lands in a web of repression and denial, but also of idealization. He devotes himself with utmost commitment to his new task and is resolved to find out what really happened. He oversteps boundaries, falls out with friends, colleagues and allies, and is sucked deeper and deeper into a labyrinth of lies and guilt in his search for the truth. But what he ultimately brings to light will change the country forever."--container.
Publisher: Culver City, California : Sony Pictures Classics, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
©2014
ISBN: 9786316405432
Branch Call Number: DVD FEATURE LABYR
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (124 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
digital,optical,surround,Dolby digital 5.1
NTSC
video file,DVD video,Region 1
Alternative Title: Im Labyrinth des Schweigens
Notes: Originally released as a motion picture in 2014
Special features: Commentary with director Guilio Ricciarelli and actor Alexander Fehling; Q&A at LA Jewish Film Festival with Guilio Ricciarelli & Alexander Fehling; deleted scenes

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ilovewhippets
Jan 05, 2020

A film story of great depth!
I often wondered and wanted to undestand the psychological, societal and practical aspects and reasoning of how people cope within extremist violent country and time! How does one cope with finding out that people, esp family members and friends, you like and trusted were actually guilty of the war crimes, etc!? The dilemmas, the conflict of conscience, the normalicy of daily cruelty in places such as Auschwitz, the decisions made by the regular German citizens during that War, the Nazi party members, the soldiers, the guards, the Nazi Leadership, their collaborators, the prisoners caught up in that hell!
This film deals with some of these questions, to some extent!
These issues affect not just Germany! A number of countries have committed atrocities throughout history, including by our own citizens! We just don't seem to care when it happens on a foreign soil to others!
We continue to send the refugees back, at times to their deaths, as was done to the Jewish and other desperate War Refugees by our Own countries, by our own Leaders and Citizens!
So, if we are tempted to look in disgust at the Germans, we need to look into our own prejuduces, indifference, cold-heartednes we show to those that are different in ethnicity, color, religion, status, etc, who are in great need for compassion and a safe place to land!

Humans can be and had shown themselves to be cruel, as well as a capability for great compassion, sacrifice and courageous acts!

More films like this ought to be made! We need many more discussions on such topics!

Make sure to watch and listen to the Commentary, Deleted scenes, etc, as well! Well-worth it!

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SAPL454
Nov 09, 2019

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Definitely a masterpiece-worthy of acclaim-especially on the topic of Auschwitz and its repercussions in 1958!

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BBRUTTIG
Jun 03, 2019

In German with English subtitles. An excellent movie about how a young, inexperienced German lawyer in 1958 takes on hunting down Nazis living in his city that were responsible for killing thousands of people just 15 yrs earlier and living without any accountability. The entire city & country society had amnesia and did not want to face what had happened a few years earlier.

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22950004968244
Dec 09, 2018

Dismal topic but well constructed story. Worth watching.

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Ron@Ottawa
Nov 13, 2018

An excellent drama on the aftermaths of WW2 on the younger German generation, and the lack of remorse of some from the older one. Totally engaging. Subtitles.

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gekw549
Sep 29, 2018

Excellent film! Definitely deserves more attention!!!!

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C_N_BLI_787
Jul 01, 2017

This was a movie that I believe was underappreciated and deserved more press when it was released. I particular liked the character of the ambitious German prosecutor played by Alexander Fehling and how he came to discover the horrible truth, then struggled with it and tried blocking it out in very unhealthy ways-- heavy drinking, anyone-- then listened to his conscience and ended up doing the right thing even when doing the right thing was not at all easy. Finally, I love "JUSTICE" and this film has it. Well worth watching!!

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garycornell
Jun 03, 2017

Masterfully produced on the generation of Germans after World War II. Great acting from the entire cast in a gripping true story. You won't believe what went on in Germany after the war. To say the least, it is a real eye opener!

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GINGER666
May 25, 2017

It's rather slow and plodding, but the subject is great. Who knew the next generation of Germans were kept in the dark ?
I recommend the DVD DENIAL 2017.

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akirakato
Apr 03, 2017

This is a 2014 German docudrama directed by Giulio Ricciarelli, based on true events.
It is quite amazing and shocking to know that, as of 1958, most Germans didn't know the name of Auschwitz, let alone crimes committed at the place.
At the trial the seventeen SS men were found guilty.
Throughout 20-month trial, however, none of them showed any remorse, which is also amazing and unbelievable.

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