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Berlin Review: Potentially Compelling Himmler Doc 'The Decent One' A Disappointment

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • February 16, 2014 9:00 AM
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The Decent One
A cache of personal letters, diaries and documents thought to belong to SS-leader and inner-circle Nazi Heinrich Himmler forms the backbone of new documentary “The Decent One,” which had its World Premiere at the Berlin Film Festival last week. Director Vanessa Lapa, granted unique advance access to the papers while they were being authenticated (the private, Israel-based collection to which they belong is owned by her father), has crafted a competent and unsensational—if ironically titled—film that, while it does offer us an impressionistic glimpse of Himmler's psyche, doesn’t quite yield the kind of revelations that those of us eternally fascinated by the conundrum of personal morality amongst the Third Reich leadership might hope to see brought to light.

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