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Vicente Amorim (2008)

91min
15 Certificate
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It's easy to say with hindsight that any one of us would have been against the Nazis had we lived in the Germany of the 1930s, but would it have been quite so clear-cut if toeing the party line brought us career success? That's the nub of CP Taylor's award-winning 1981 play, here opened out for the screen with Viggo Mortensen as a literature professor who privately scorns National Socialism, but is willing to accept the benefits of a few small actions that gradually lift him up the Nazi hierarchy. It's an intriguing dilemma, or it would be if the film didn't make Mortensen such a weakly pliable individual that it proves difficult to get involved in his plight. Moreover, despite the efforts of a talented, largely British cast (Mark Strong scores again as a silver-tongued Nazi functionary), the bland period re-creation does little to excite the imagination. The exception is a bristling Jason Isaacs as Mortensen's Jewish colleague, whose fierce outrage at the darkening tide of events is by far the most compelling thing in the picture.

Summary

A literary professor in 1930s Germany finds his work praised by the fast-rising Nazi party, and begins to enjoy the privileges conferred by their acclaim. As his prosperity grows, he becomes increasingly morally compromised, and as the true nature of Nazi ideology becomes clear, he tries to protect his Jewish psychiatrist from the state. Drama, with Viggo Mortensen, Jason Isaacs and Jodie Whittaker.

Cast & Crew

Professor John Halder Viggo Mortensen
Bouhler Mark Strong
Maurice Jason Isaacs
Freddie Steven Mackintosh
Anne Hartmann Jodie Whittaker
Mother Gemma Jones
Elisabeth Ruth Gemmell
Helen Anastasia Hille
Director Vicente Amorim
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Lionsgate Guidance: Contains swearing. Available on: Available on DVD Released on: 17 Apr 2009

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