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The Specialist: Portrait of a Modern Criminal

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Released

1999

Runtime

123

The Specialist: Portrait of a Modern Criminal

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What's it About

Culled from over 500 hours of documentary footage, these harrowing excerpts from the televised 1961 trial of Adolf Eichmann, architect of the Nazi death camps, pairs his chilling, unapologetic rationalizations with testimony of those who survived his unthinkable atrocities.

Why we love it

Eichmann is frightening to behold in this fascinating documentary, both because of his tidy, mild-mannered appearance (think a mid-career insurance salesman) and seemingly unshakeable confidence that he committed no crime and merely fulfilled his duty as a soldier. Given the mad trial rantings of other war criminals, Eichmann's imperturbable performance is a perfect illustration of Hannah Arendt's notion of "the banality of evil." See "The Specialist" for a reminder of how barbarity can be experienced at the wrong end of a rubber stamp.