Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2008


The evildoers in the Third Reich couldn't all have been hissing, predatory, nutty Nazis; Hitler needed the complicity, passive or active, of the "good Germans." This film of C.P. Taylor's 1981 play casts Mensa stud Viggo Mortensen as Halder, a liberal professor who becomes complicit in the regime's atrocities through promotions, seduction and his own passivity. The play was more than good; Vicente Amorim's movie is way less. It has neither the grinding power of inevitability nor some brief, fierce glint of Halder's conflicted conscience. As he is sucked into the morass, the film sinks with him. 12/31