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Israeli documentary about Nazi Albert Speer accused of misrepresenting quotes

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07.12.2021

JTA — A screenwriter who worked with Albert Speer to try to turn the infamous Nazi architect’s life into a movie is charging that an award-winning Israeli documentary about Speer makes significant ethical lapses in its use of archival material.

Andrew Birkin, the British screenwriter who attempted to adapt the Nazi’s memoir into a film in the 1970s, is featured prominently in “Speer Goes to Hollywood,” which was released in the United States this month, via staged recreations as Speer’s conversation partner.

In an exchange with Glenn Kenny, a critic with RogerEbert.com, Birkin alleges that the film’s director, Vanessa Lapa, distorted or falsified aspects of his recorded conversations with Speer in ways that create the impression Birkin himself is antisemitic. New interviews that Birkin said he conducted with Lapa were not included in the film.

The documentary is primarily composed of conversations between Birkin and Speer as the two of them attempted to hash out what a movie based on Speer’s life might look like. A central tension in the documentary is Speer’s denial that he knew anything about the Final Solution, the Nazis’ plans for a genocide of the Jewish people, even as he worked alongside Hitler and appeared to have been........

© The Times of Israel


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