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Ulrich Tukur
Director: Costa-Gavras Cast: Ulrich Tukur
Ulrich Tukur
, Mathieu Kassovitz
Mathieu Kassovitz
, Ulrich Mühe
Ulrich Mühe

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The collective crimes against humanity known as the Holocaust have been well-documented since the end of World War II, but lingering questions remain about how much was known about the Nazi mass-extermination schemes outside Germany, and what could have been done to prevent them. Political filmmaker Costa-Gavras confronts this thorny issue in this film, adapted from the stage drama The Representative and based in part on actual events. Kurt Gerstein (Ulrich Tukar) is a German chemist whose work on various government health projects led to him being added to the scientific staff of the Nazi SS. While working on disinfection and water purification programs to stem the tide of typhoid among German troops, Gerstein creates a toxic cleanser called Zyclon B. Gerstein soon learns that the SS has found a different use for Zyclon B -- in gas form, it is being used to exterminate Jews and other political undesirables en masse. Gerstein, a man of strong Christian faith, is horrified by this revelation, and he is determined to tell the world in hope of stopping the genocide; however, in Germany, Sweden, and the United States, Gerstein's story falls on deaf ears. One man who does believe Gerstein is Riccardo Fontana (Mathieu Kassovitz), a Jesuit with ties to the Vatican and close contact with Pope Pius XII (Marcel Iures). Fontana urges the Pope to speak out against the ongoing massacre, but the Pope declines, believing Russia is a greater menace to the Catholic Church than the Nazis. In time, desperate to spread the word of the holocaust, Gerstein and Fontana find themselves joining ranks with Roman Jews being rounded up by Nazi forces in occupied Italy.

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Product Details

Release Date: 06/10/2014
UPC: 0741952772996
Original Release: 2002
Rating: NR
Source: Cohen Media Group
Presentation: [Color]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 2:12:00
Sales rank: 47,177

Special Features

Feature length audio commentary with director Costa-Gavras and film critic Wade Major; 2014 re-release trailer; BBC documentary - Pope Pius VII: The Pope, the Jews and the Nazis

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ulrich Tukur Kurt Gerstein
Mathieu Kassovitz Riccardo Fontana
Ulrich Mühe The Doctor
Michel Duchaussoy The Cardinal
Ion Caramitru Count Fontana
Marcel Iures Pope Pius XII
Frederick von Thun Gerstein's Father
Antje Schmidt Mrs. Gerstein
Hanns Zischler Grawitz
Laurent Levesque Conductor

Technical Credits
Costa-Gavras Director,Screenwriter
Armand Amar Score Composer
Claude Berri Producer
Patrick Blossier Cinematographer
Jean Claude-Grumberg Screenwriter
Dominique Gaborieau Sound/Sound Designer
Pierre Gamet Sound/Sound Designer
Pierre Grunstein Associate Producer
Ari Hantke Production Designer
Yannick Kergoat Editor
Laurent Levesque Musical Arrangement
Dieter Meyer Associate Producer
Maria Miu Art Director
Alain Olivieri Asst. Director
Roland Pellegrino Associate Producer
Michele Ray Executive Producer
Edith Vesperini Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Amen
1. Opening Titles [10:36]
2. The Cardinal's Message [8:24]
3. An Uneasy Witness [10:30]
4. A Cold Precision [9:46]
5. The Doctor And The Jesuit [9:44]
6. The Trains Keep Rolling [9:53]
7. Reluctance [8:51]
8. The Means Of Production [10:14]
9. The Vatican [10:16]
10. Change The Schedules! [6:04]
11. Questions Of Loyalty [3:41]
12. Welcome To Hell [9:01]
13. A Fittiing End? [11:26]
14. Coda [8:18]
15. Chapter 15 [4:30]

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