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Labyrinth of Lies (2014)

Im Labyrinth des Schweigens (original title)
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A story that exposes the conspiracy of prominent German institutions and government branches to cover up the crimes of Nazis during World War II.

Director:

Giulio Ricciarelli

Writers:

Elisabeth Burghardt (screenplay) (as Elisabeth Bartel), Giulio Ricciarelli (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
6 wins & 18 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alexander Fehling ... Johann Radmann
André Szymanski André Szymanski ... Thomas Gnielka
Friederike Becht ... Marlene Wondrak
Johannes Krisch ... Simon Kirsch
Johann von Bülow ... Staatsanwalt Haller
Robert Hunger-Bühler ... Oberstaatsanwalt Friedberg
Hansi Jochmann ... Schmittchen
Lukas Miko Lukas Miko ... Hermann Langbein
Gert Voss ... Generalstaatsanwalt Fritz Bauer
Tim Williams ... Major Parker
Mathis Reinhardt Mathis Reinhardt ... BKA Mann Fischer
Hartmut Volle Hartmut Volle ... Lehrer Alois Schulz
Werner Wölbern Werner Wölbern ... Hans Lichter
Timo Dierkes Timo Dierkes ... Peter Mertens
Michael Schernthaner Michael Schernthaner ... Alter BKA Mann
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Storyline

The year is 1958. The war has been over for thirteen years and the Federal Republic of Germany is not only recovering but even booming. But where are the Nazis? Who has ever heard of the death camps? It looks as if everything is for the best in the best of all possible worlds in this land of milk and honey - At least, until the day journalist Thomas Gnielka reports on the recognition by a German-Jewish artist of a local schoolteacher, a former guard at the Auschwitz concentration camp - At least, until Johann Radmann, a young prosecutor, decides to investigate the case - Nobody knows it yet but this is the dawn of a new era. Even if the road to awareness will be long and rocky. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Taglines:

Frankfurt, 1963. For the first time, the Germans judge the Germans. See more »

Genres:

Drama | History

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German | English | Hebrew

Release Date:

6 November 2014 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

La conspiración del silencio See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,101, 4 October 2015

Gross USA:

$794,452

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,574,756
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The movie is dedicated to the memory of the actor Gert Voss (1941-2014), who died few months before the release of the film. See more »

Goofs

The Mourner's Kaddish, the Jewish prayer for the dead, is recited in the film using the modern Israeli Hebrew pronunciation. The version of the Kaddish that Kirsch would have known (and that his prayerbook would've contained) would have used the older Ashkenazic pronunciation used by German and Eastern European Jews. Instead of saying, "Yitgadal v' yitkadash," as they do in the film, they they should be saying, "Yisgadal v'yiskadash." See more »

Quotes

Major Parker: You were all Nazis. In the Eastern sector, now you are all communists. Jesus, you Germans! If little green men from Mars landed tomorrow, you would all become green.
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Soundtracks

Tipitipitipso
Music by Heinz Gietz
Lyrics by Kurt Feltz
Performed by Caterina Valente
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Telling the stories
9 October 2015 | by drjgardnerSee all my reviews

Labyrinth of Lies is a 2014 German film about the Frankfurt Auschwitz trials that took place between 1963 and 1965. What distinguished the Frankfurt trails from all the other trials was that they were based on German law and because they happened 20+ years after the war, they were limited to murder charges. Several Nazis had been tried previously but they were convicted under international law and occurred right after the war.

The film begins in 1958 as a young prosecutor Johann Radmann (marvelously played by Alexander Fehling) is attracted to the case by a reporter (Andre Szymanski), and given support by the federal Attorney General (Gert Voss who is simply riveting). They must work against the denials, cover-ups and vested interests that try to keep the issue quiet.

The film gives you a real feel of the late 50s, and the photography and music support an excellent cast who do wonderful work. In a film about the holocaust, there is a tendency to shock, but director Giulio Ricciarelli skillfully shows that less is more.

There are some places where the film seems more like a docudrama, and some issues (e.g., Radmann's relationship with his mother) are only hinted at. But overall it's an excellent film, and while it may not be an equivalent to "Judgment at Nuremberg", it is well worth viewing.


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