History Film / Amen

28th Aug '16 1:46:05 PM Nautilus1
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* NightmareFuel: What, exactly, did Gerstein see through the peep-hole?... Just seconds before all inside were dead?
19th Apr '15 9:00:53 PM Angeldeb82
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* BlackAndGreyMorality: The horrific evil of Nazi atrocities is condemned in no uncertain terms, but on the other hand, the film explores the uncomfortable reality that, in terms of concrete action, the Allies were fairly ambivalent towards the suffering of the Jews, Gypsies, and others. The Swedish diplomat Göran von Otter tells Kurt that his efforts to get the Americans to accept 2,000 Jewish children have been in vain, and several times the Doctor at Auschwitz remarks, "German cities are bombarded every night, but here the heavens are clear."

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* BlackAndGreyMorality: BlackAndGrayMorality: The horrific evil of Nazi atrocities is condemned in no uncertain terms, but on the other hand, the film explores the uncomfortable reality that, in terms of concrete action, the Allies were fairly ambivalent towards the suffering of the Jews, Gypsies, and others. The Swedish diplomat Göran von Otter tells Kurt that his efforts to get the Americans to accept 2,000 Jewish children have been in vain, and several times the Doctor at Auschwitz remarks, "German cities are bombarded every night, but here the heavens are clear."



* BreakingSpeech: The Doctor gives a couple.

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* BreakingSpeech: BreakThemByTalking: The Doctor gives a couple.couple of breaking lectures.



* TheIdealist: Both protagonists sincerely believe in the power of public opinion and of the church to put a stop to the atrocities. [[DespairEventHorizon At first]].

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* TheIdealist: Both protagonists sincerely believe in the power of public opinion and of the church to put a stop to the atrocities. [[DespairEventHorizon At first]].first.]]



** According to TheOtherWiki, it had always been Gerstein's intention to sabotage the Nazi regime from within and expose everything he found; only what he found was ''way'' beyond his darkest expectations. Also, anyone expelled from the NSDAP was automatically blacklisted in Germany: re-joining the party was his only chance at getting anything like a [[{{Irony}} decent]] job.

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** According to TheOtherWiki, Wiki/{{Wikipedia}}, it had always been Gerstein's intention to sabotage the Nazi regime from within and expose everything he found; only what he found was ''way'' beyond his darkest expectations. Also, anyone expelled from the NSDAP was automatically blacklisted in Germany: re-joining the party was his only chance at getting anything like a [[{{Irony}} decent]] job.



* [[ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight Screw The Rules, He's Doing What's Right]]: When one of the cardinals expresses outrage that Riccardo has requested a papal audience for a man who is not only an [=SS=] officer, but a traitor to his country, Riccardo replies;

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* [[ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight Screw The the Rules, He's Doing What's Right]]: Right!]]: When one of the cardinals expresses outrage that Riccardo has requested a papal audience for a man who is not only an [=SS=] officer, but a traitor to his country, Riccardo replies;



* TitleDrop: The Doctor gives Riccardo a BreakingSpeech, claiming that the Nazis are the new "chosen people", to which the priest responds with a bitterly ironic "Amen!"

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* TitleDrop: The Doctor gives [[BreakThemByTalking breaks Riccardo a BreakingSpeech, by talking]], claiming that the Nazis are the new "chosen people", to which the priest responds with a bitterly ironic "Amen!"
19th Jan '15 3:47:27 PM AllenbysEyes
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* FauxAffablyEvil: The Doctor is quite handy with a [[SlasherSmile deceptively friendly smile]] or [[EvilHasABadSenseOfHumor a bad joke]], which makes his colleagues underestimate how nasty he really is. Heck, his CharacterEstablishingMoment has him smiling at a group of mentally handicapped children being led to their deaths.

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* FauxAffablyEvil: The Doctor is quite handy with a [[SlasherSmile deceptively friendly smile]] or [[EvilHasABadSenseOfHumor a bad joke]], which makes his colleagues underestimate how nasty he really is. Heck, his CharacterEstablishingMoment EstablishingCharacterMoment has him smiling at a group of mentally handicapped children being led to their deaths.
19th Jan '15 3:46:48 PM AllenbysEyes
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* FauxAffablyEvil: The Doctor is quite handy with a [[SlasherSmile deceptively friendly smile]] or [[EvilHasABadSenseOfHumor a bad joke]], which makes his colleagues underestimate how nasty he really is. Heck, his CharacterEstablishingMoment has him smiling at a group of mentally handicapped children being led to their deaths.
31st Jul '14 3:48:23 PM Quag15
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However, when Father Fontana hears Gerstein's story, he vows to alert [[UsefulNotes/ThePope Pope Pius XII]] in person, as the two men are certain that a clear condemnation from the Holy Father will rouse German Catholics into action once again. Meanwhile, Gerstein returns to Poland to observe the mass murder and provide further testimony. He tells Father Fontana, "I will be the eyes of God in that hell." But he quickly finds himself unable to passively watch, and begins risking his life to sabotage and slow down the killing in any way he can.

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However, when Father Fontana hears Gerstein's story, he vows to alert [[UsefulNotes/ThePope Pope Pope]] [[UsefulNotes/PopePiusXII Pius XII]] in person, as the two men are certain that a clear condemnation from the Holy Father will rouse German Catholics into action once again. Meanwhile, Gerstein returns to Poland to observe the mass murder and provide further testimony. He tells Father Fontana, "I will be the eyes of God in that hell." But he quickly finds himself unable to passively watch, and begins risking his life to sabotage and slow down the killing in any way he can.
12th Apr '14 5:30:01 AM LongLiveHumour
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However, when Father Fontana hears Gerstein's story, he vows to alert [[ThePope Pope Pius XII]] in person, as the two men are certain that a clear condemnation from the Holy Father will rouse German Catholics into action once again. Meanwhile, Gerstein returns to Poland to observe the mass murder and provide further testimony. He tells Father Fontana, "I will be the eyes of God in that hell." But he quickly finds himself unable to passively watch, and begins risking his life to sabotage and slow down the killing in any way he can.

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However, when Father Fontana hears Gerstein's story, he vows to alert [[ThePope [[UsefulNotes/ThePope Pope Pius XII]] in person, as the two men are certain that a clear condemnation from the Holy Father will rouse German Catholics into action once again. Meanwhile, Gerstein returns to Poland to observe the mass murder and provide further testimony. He tells Father Fontana, "I will be the eyes of God in that hell." But he quickly finds himself unable to passively watch, and begins risking his life to sabotage and slow down the killing in any way he can.



* ThePope: Specifically, Pope Pius [=XII=].

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* ThePope: UsefulNotes/ThePope: Specifically, Pope Pius [=XII=].
9th Jan '14 2:18:41 PM Arkadi
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** According to TheOtherWiki, he joined the SS with the intention of exposing everything he found; only what he did find was way beyond his expectations. Also, anyone expelled from the Nazi party was automatically blacklisted in Germany: re-joining the party was his only chance at getting anything like a decent job.

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** According to TheOtherWiki, he joined the SS with the it had always been Gerstein's intention of exposing to sabotage the Nazi regime from within and expose everything he found; only what he did find found was way ''way'' beyond his darkest expectations. Also, anyone expelled from the Nazi party NSDAP was automatically blacklisted in Germany: re-joining the party was his only chance at getting anything like a decent [[{{Irony}} decent]] job.
9th Jan '14 2:02:56 PM Arkadi
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** According to TheOtherWiki, he joined the SS with the intention of exposing everything he found; only what he did find was way beyond his expectations. Also, anyone expelled from the Nazi party was automatically blacklisted in Germany: re-joining the party was his only chance at getting anything like a decent job.
5th Dec '13 9:50:17 PM JIKTV
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2002 German/French/Romanian film directed by Costa-Gavras which explores the links between UsefulNotes/NaziGermany and the {{Vatican}} through the eyes of two characters - the RealLife [[ThoseWackyNazis Waffen-SS]] Officer Kurt Gerstein, and a fictional young Jesuit priest named Riccardo Fontana.

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2002 German/French/Romanian film directed by Costa-Gavras which explores the links between UsefulNotes/NaziGermany and [[UsefulNotes/VaticanCity the {{Vatican}} Vatican]] through the eyes of two characters - the RealLife [[ThoseWackyNazis Waffen-SS]] Officer Kurt Gerstein, and a fictional young Jesuit priest named Riccardo Fontana.
26th Jul '13 9:57:18 AM LinguaViva
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In 1942, Kurt Gerstein of the [=SS=] Hygiene Institute travels to Poland to instruct the troops in the safe storage and purification of water, and to observe the use of the new form of the chemical Zyklon B he has helped develop to eradicate typhus. However, accompanied by a sinister [=SS=] Doctor, he is taken to the newly established Belzec extermination camp to witness his creation being put to its true, grisly use. A [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone horrified]] Gerstein returns to Germany and, despite having been sworn to secrecy, he begins desperately attempting to inform the international community of the massacres. Mindful of the successful campaign against the Aktion [=T4=] programme spearheaded by the Catholic Church, he tries to convey the message to the Vatican, but finds his local bishops unmoved.

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In 1942, Kurt Gerstein of the [=SS=] Hygiene Institute travels to Poland to instruct the troops in the safe storage and purification of water, and to observe the use of the new form of the chemical Zyklon B he has helped develop developed to eradicate typhus. However, accompanied by a sinister [=SS=] Doctor, he is taken to the newly established Belzec extermination camp to witness his creation being put to its true, grisly use. A [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone horrified]] Gerstein returns to Germany and, despite having been sworn to secrecy, he begins desperately attempting to inform the international community of the massacres. Mindful of the successful campaign against the Aktion [=T4=] programme spearheaded by the Catholic Church, he tries to convey the message to the Vatican, but finds his local bishops unmoved.
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