Das radikal Böse

Das radikal Böse

Deutschland / Österreich 2012/2013, Dokumentarfilm

Inhalt

The Ultimate Bad

Why do normal people become mass murderers? Why do decent family fathers kill women,children and babies on a daily basis? The perpetrators are members of the Nazi death squads,who killed about 2 million Jewish civilians in Eastern Europe – by bullets, face to face. We hear their thoughts, as they wrote them down in letters and diaries, we hear what they said at court: Why they did not refuse to execute these horrific orders,how killing became a routine, how they managed to excuse themselves, how they were manipulated by their leaders. It’s the blueprint of a genocide.

A panel of psychologists, historians and genocide experts helps us to understand: among them Benjamin Ferencz, chief prosecutor of the “Einsatzgruppen”-trial in Nuremberg, Christopher Browning, author of the acclaimed Holocaust-study Ordinary Men, Robert Jay Lifton, one of the proponents of “Psycho history” and the French Père Patrick Debois, tireless researcher of the “Shoah par balles” in the former Soviet-Union.

Would we have acted differently? How to overcome our readiness for conformity, obedience and violence? Is there individual guilt, if these horrible patterns are all too "human"? How to prevent genocides in the future? The film essay "The Ultimate Bad" is an extraordinary film, a documentary on the one hand but also marked by Oscar®-winning director Stefan Ruzowitzky’s scenic transformations for which the film’s DoP Benedict Neuenfels has developed a unique visual language.

“Monsters exist, but they are too few in numbers to be truly dangerous. More dangerous are the common men.” Primo Levi

Source: German Films Service & Marketing GmbH

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Credits

All Credits

Director:Stefan Ruzowitzky
Assistant director:Cornelia Thau
Screenplay:Stefan Ruzowitzky (Konzept)
based on:Christopher Browning
Director of photography:Benedict Neuenfels
Assistant camera:Andreas Erben, Phillip Wölke
Production design:Fritz Günthner
Make-up artist:Birger Laube, Heidi Lauser
Editing:Barbara Gies
Sound:Michael Busch, Tatjana Jakob
Music:Patrick Pulsinger
Voice:Volker Bruch, Alexander Fehling, Benno Fürmann, Hanno Koffler, Lenn Kudrjawizki, Andreas Schmidt, Simon Schwarz, Devid Striesow, Arndt Schwering-Sohnrey, Sebastian Urzendowsky, Nicolette Krebitz
Production company:docMovie GmbH (Darmstadt), Aichholzer Filmproduktion (Wien)
in co-production with:Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF) (Mainz), ORF Enterprise GmbH & Co KG (Wien)
Producer:Wolfgang Richter
Co-Producer:Josef Aichholzer
Producer (TV):Caroline von Senden (ZDF), Katharina Dufner (ZDF), Heinrich Mis (ORF)
Unit production manager:Kurt Otterbacher
Location manager:Mathias Krämer
Shoot:: Kasernengelände der US Armee Hanau, Frankfurt am Main, Bremen, Paris, Bibrka (Ukraine), Potsdam, USA
Original distributor:W-Film Filmproduktion & Filmverleih (Köln)
Funding:Hessen Invest (Frankfurt am Main), Deutscher Filmförderfonds (DFFF) (Berlin), Österreichisches Filminstitut (ÖFI) (Wien), ORF Film/Fernsehabkommen (Wien)
Length:96 min
Format:HD, 1:1,78
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby 5.1
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 02.08.2013, 140202, ab 12 Jahre/feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung (DE): 25.10.2013, Hof, Internationale Filmtage;
Kinostart (DE): 16.01.2014;
TV-Erstsendung (DE): 01.05.2015, ZDF

Titles

Originaltitel (DE) Das radikal Böse
Weiterer Titel (DE) Das Böse - Ganz normale Männer

Versions

Original

Length:96 min
Format:HD, 1:1,78
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby 5.1
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 02.08.2013, 140202, ab 12 Jahre/feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung (DE): 25.10.2013, Hof, Internationale Filmtage;
Kinostart (DE): 16.01.2014;
TV-Erstsendung (DE): 01.05.2015, ZDF
 

Awards

FBW 2013
Prädikat: besonders wertvoll
Dokumentarfilm des Monats