Denial

January 26, 2017 - Comment

Oscar winner Rachel Weisz stars in this powerful true story based on the acclaimed book, Denial: Holocaust History on Trial. When Deborah Lipstadt (Weisz) speaks out against Holocaust denier David Irving (Timothy Spall) over his falsification of history, she discovers that the stakes are higher than ever in the battle for historical truth. Now faced

Oscar winner Rachel Weisz stars in this powerful true story based on the acclaimed book, Denial: Holocaust History on Trial. When Deborah Lipstadt (Weisz) speaks out against Holocaust denier David Irving (Timothy Spall) over his falsification of history, she discovers that the stakes are higher than ever in the battle for historical truth. Now faced with a libel lawsuit in British court, Lipstadt and her attorney (Tom Wilkinson) have the heavy burden of proving that the Holocaust actually happened, in a riveting legal fight with stunning consequences.

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Wil says:

Rache Weisz Miscast So, I wanted to like this film. And, indeed, most of the cast performs very well, so I’m giving it three stars instead of two. However, the screen play is not very good, and there is a distinct lack of dramatic tension in the film itself. The most glaring deficiency in the film is that Rachel Weisz – who in my opinion has done good work before – is completely miscast in the main role. Plus, her performance is so tone deaf, that I never was able to engage with her character at all; hence,…

Arnold Krupat says:

Undeniable The material–the Holocaust and its denial–is inherently powerful and moving and there are some very fine performances in this film, Timothy Spall as the British Holocaust denier especially. A large portion of the movie involves the trial in which, according to the British system, it’s the American Holocaust scholar who has to prove the reality of the Holocaust against the denier who’s brought suit against her. And trials are usually fun, especially here as we see the shrewd British lawyers…

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