‘Labyrinth of Lies’

v1.bTsxMTE5MjE3NjtqOzE3MDA1OzIwNDg7MjAyNTszMDAwIt’s an arresting storyline – set in the late 1950s, the (West) German denial of its immediate past and lack of any significant deNazification programme has kept a whole generation ignorant of war crimes and the Holocaust.

Aspiring (fictional) prosecutor Johann Radmann (well played by Alexander Fehling – Inglourious Basterds, Young Goethe in Love) stumbles across the lies, setting in motion the first wartime criminal murder trials (as opposed to war crimes) in West Germany of members of the German military by German authorities.

Sadly, whilst this important story needs to be told, Labyrinth of Lies is a somewhat shallow, overly ‘clean’ telling that loses itself in the myriad of truths and half-truths of the investigations.

Rating: 48%

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2 thoughts on “‘Labyrinth of Lies’

  1. CineMuse April 14, 2016 / 1:44 am

    Divergence of views is good, but I’m wondering if you might have been a bit harsh with this one? Its an important piece of the historical puzzle for the time between 1945 and 1958. Drop in for a read at mine.

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    • Keith Lawrence April 14, 2016 / 4:38 am

      I think you simply liked the film more than I did! 🙂 I certainly agree with welcoming a film that exposes the denial by West Germany of its immediate history. And by focussing on the legal, it avoided becoming ‘another Holocaust film’. But the film itself was a little too twee and convenient to be fully satisfying.

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