‘What Our Fathers Did’: An uncomfortably topical documentary about the legacy of Nazism

A dual character study of the sons of two high-ranking Nazi officials, What Our Fathers Did is a fascinating but disquieting coda to the history of 70-odd years ago. But maybe 'coda' is the wrong word, because in 2017 the movie feels weirdly topical. Read more [...]

‘The Gleiwitz Case’: The black op that ignited WWII

The best East German movie that I’ve seen, The Gleiwitz Case (1961) depicts the undercover Nazi operation that lit the fuse for World War II, on August 31, 1939. Tracking this blackest of black ops from start to finish, The Gleiwitz Case is like a caper movie from hell. Read more [...]

‘The Night Porter’: The dumbest movie about the Holocaust ever made?

Out now on Blu-Ray and streaming: 1974's The Night Porter is the story of the twisted sadomasochistic bond between a Nazi officer and the concentration-camp inmate he forces to become his mistress. This is a movie that turns the Holocaust into chic schlock. It had lapsed into well-deserved obscurity in recent decades; was there really anyone clamoring for it to come out on Blu-Ray? Read more [...]