Conspiracy is an almost flawless portrayal of naked evil being done by powerful men, each of whom has lost or abandoned his moral compass.

It is dry, withering, completely transparent, all too believable—not merely because we know it’s all true.

Conspiracy (2001, rated R, 96 minutes) dramatizes the 1942 Wannsee Conference in Germany that first officially articulated the “final solution” for the Jews of Europe: the Holocaust. 

Stanley Tucci as SS Major Adolph Eichmann, Kenneth Branagh as Hitler’s Chief of Security Reinhard Heydrich, Colin Firth as Dr. Wilhelm Stuckart (a lawyer who wrote the racist Nuremberg Laws), and others show how it was probably done—almost without passion–around a long conference table in a manor house outside Berlin. One of the participants failed to destroy his copy of the minutes, which was used in the post-WWII Nuremberg Trials.

Conspiracy is frightening, horrifying, and disgusting. It reveals a perfection of the evil that men can do.


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