Conspiracy is a 2001 TV movie starring several popular British actors such as Kenneth Branagh, Colin Firth, Brendan Coyle, as well as American film stars like Stanley Tucci. It dramatizes the 1942 Wannsee Conference. The film delves into the psychology of Nazi officials involved in the "Final Solution of the Jewish Question" during World War II. It is also a partial remake of the German film The Wannsee Conference (1984).
It is an interesting Holocaust movie I had never heard about and which I'm very happy I came to see. Well, happy is not at all how I felt while watching it, rather ... stunned, indignant, speechless, helpless. What was going on on that screen, before my eyes, was not something unknown to me , but to be there watching how the slaughter of millions of people was decided at a table, during a
Wannsee Conference in 1942. He had been given the task of co-writing together with Bernhard Lösener and Franz Albrecht Medicus the anti-Semitic Law for the Protection of German Blood and German Honour and The Reich Citizenship Law, together better known as the Nuremberg Laws, which were imposed by the Nazi-controlled Reichstag on September 15, 1935. However, at the Wannsee conference he strongly supported the idea of sterilization for the Jews opposing the idea of their massive evacuation to the concentration camps. He just obtusely fought for his laws, his actions were not moved by any pity.
organizational talents and ideological reliability, was charged of facilitating and managing the logistics of mass deportation of Jews to ghettos and extermination camps in German-occupied Eastern Europe.
Brendan Coyle is Heinrich Muller, chief of the Gestapo, the political secret state police of Nazi Germany, involved in the planning and execution of the Holocaust.
All actors admitted they had a tough, disturbing time at playing their roles in Conspiracy. They were secluded on a claustrophobic set and embodying appallingly murderous minds. Their performances were brilliant and the goal of the director, Frank Pierson, reached:
This is the latest addition to my WWII DVD collection, Holocaust section: a devastating - honestly depressing - film but a very good one, in its simple, plain, skillful dramatization of reality. No need for special effects or fictional additions: the enormity of the truth is compelling and appalling enough.