Summary: •Amen.• examines the collaboration between the Vatican and Nazi Germany as the based-on-true-story of a Nazi officer fights to stop Hitler’s killing of targeted individuals, faiths, races, and intellects. German Lieutenant Kurt Gerstein was a chemist who ordered Zyklon B to purify the water supply but discovers it was being used to exterminate Jews, Gypsies, and other ‘targeted individuals.’
Although I have not seen this movie but intend to do so, I want to encourage others to see it as well. Here, I’ve simply done a browser search on a popular search engine, (g*), and posted a content summarizing of the links according to their rank by the search.
At a glance, it appears that this movie is produced by ‘‘uncontrolled opposition’ associates and may not have an underlying purpose to exonerate the criminal parties involved, though this would be highly unusual.
However, there should be at least one caution given at the outset and that is to watch for any attempt to portray the Jesuits in a more positive light, especially considering that the ‘good guy’ inside the Roman Catholic criminal syndicate within this movie script is a Jesuit priest. Head’s up on that, for sure!
by Uncontrolled Opposition: elijah1757
Amen. – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Amen. is a 2002 German, Romanian-French historical drama film, co-written and directed by Costa-Gavras and starring Ulrich Tukur, Mathieu Kassovitz, Sebastian Koch and Ulrich Mühe. The film examines the links between the Vatican and Nazi Germany.
Contents 1 Plot 2 Cast 3 Production 4 See also 5 References 6 External linksPlotDuring World War II, Kurt Gerstein (Ulrich Tukur), a Waffen-SS officer employed in the SS Hygiene Institute, designs programs for the purification of water and the destruction of vermin. He is shocked to learn that the process he has developed to eradicate typhus, by using a hydrogen cyanide mixture called Zyklon B, is now being used for killing Jews and other “undesirables” in extermination camps. Gerstein attempts to notify Pope Pius XII (Marcel Iureş) about the gassings, but is appalled by the lack of response he gets from the Catholic hierarchy. The only person moved is Riccardo Fontana (Mathieu Kassovitz), a young Jesuit priest. Fontana and Gerstein attempt to raise awareness about what is happening to the Jews in Europe but even after Fontana appealing to the pope himself, the Vatican makes only a timid and vague condemnation of Hitler and Nazi Germany.
Amen. (2002) – IMDb
During WWII SS officer Kurt Gerstein tries to inform Pope Pius XII about Jews being sent to extermination camps. Young [‘renegade’]* Jesuit priest Riccardo Fontana helps him in the difficult mission to inform the world.
In World War II, the sanitation engineer and family man Kurt Gerstein is assigned by SS to be the Head of the Institute for Hygiene to purify the water for the German Army in the front. Later, he is invited to participate in termination of plagues in the concentration camps and he develops the lethal gas Zyklon-B. When he witnesses that the SS is killing Jews instead, he decides to denounce the genocide to the Pope to expose to the world and save the Jewish families. The idealist Jesuit priest Riccardo Fontana from an influent Italian family gives his best efforts being the liaison of Gerstein and the leaders of the Vatican. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Source: Amen. (2002) – IMDb
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Amen. – Trailer
Amen. (2002) – Trailer
Amen: The last word on Hitler and the Pope | Film | The Guardian
A poster which merges Christian and Nazi imagery, designed by the man behind Benetton’s controversial adverts, has shocked Europe. Now the film it promotes – which examines the Vatican’s silence on the Holocaust – is coming to Britain. Will the image provoke the same outrage here?
Today, when you make a film that asks the audience to sit up and think, you must warn them in advance,’ Mathieu Kassovitz, the young French actor, and director of La Haine, tells me. ‘You must make them sit up and think before they even buy a ticket. You need people to look at the poster and go, “What the %$#@ [expletive masked]* is that?” When that happens, you have them half way into the cinema already.’
Source: Amen: The last word on Hitler and the Pope | Film | The Guardian
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Amen | Film | The Guardian
Sixty years on and the second world war, so very far from receding into the collective unconscious, seems more vivid and real than it has ever been. Books pour off the presses, conservative and revisionist, most recently Antony Beevor’s research indicting Russian troops’ mass rape of German women. Always, the Holocaust is a vital part of this scholarly activity: the war’s ultimate moral centre of debate.
In the cinema, there is an almost equal interest. In May, the Cannes Palme d’Or was awarded to Roman Polanski’s The Pianist, about the Nazi genocide. Now Constantin Costa-Gavras has brought his distinctive passion for exposing state complicity and corruption to the subject, by adapting Rolf Hochhuth’s play Der Stellvertreter, or The Representative, about the silence of the Vatican and Pope Pius XII about the mass extermination of Jews.
Source: Amen | Film | The Guardian
Amen (2003) – Rotten Tomatoes
Two systems: the Nazi machine versus the Vatican and Allied diplomacy. Two men are struggling from the inside: On one side, Kurt Gerstein, a real-life chemist and SS officer, supplies the death camps with zyklon B while he tirelessly denounces the crimes and alerts the Allies, the Pope, the Germans and their churches of their murderous policy against the European Jews. Kurt does this at his own risk, and at the risk his family’s welfare and safety. On the other side, Ricardo Fontana, a young Jesuit, is a fictitious character who represents all the priests, who were determined to struggle against savagery; many of them paying for their courage with their lives. Countless priests, some known, others anonymous, were simply not content to live with the silence of their church’s hierarchy vis-à-vis the Nazi machine.
Source: Amen (2003) – Rotten Tomatoes
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About the Film: A truth-based thriller that weaves a riveting tale of moral and religious conflict from Oscar-winning director Costa-Gavras, Amen is the story of an SS officer who fought to stop Hitler’s genocide. Lieutenant Kurt Gerstein was a chemist who ordered Zyklon B to purify the German water supply; when he found it was being used to gas Jews and Gypsies, he determined to make it stop.
“If it costs 15,000 marks to build one house for a working class family,” Gerstein’s young daughter reads steadily from her math book, “and it costs six million marks to build one insane asylum, how many working class houses can you build for the cost of one insane asylum?” In Nazi Germany even elementary school textbooks were used as a tool to brainwash society into seeing the utility of eliminating people for economic efficiency.
With no notable Jewish characters, Amen offers a rare perspective on the Holocaust, focusing instead on the behind-the-scenes diplomacy that allowed the genocide to happen. Avoiding the imagery of starving inmates and gruesome lineups so common in Holocaust movies, Amen is, at bottom, the tale of two gentiles, miffed by politics and bureaucracy, working their hardest and risking their lives to save the Jews.