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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

    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.