Donald Trump, under fire for ignoring Jews and the Holocaust in the past, spoke for Holocaust Remembrance Day this week. He plagiarized his speech. Apparently, when you could care less about something, you copy the homework from someone else. Should we be surprised? Neo-Nazis and Holocaust deniers are easy to find in the halls of the West Wing. So, no, I am not surprised.
How timely the DVD of Denial is then. I had a random evening to watch something and saw it in Redbox. The movie is based on the early 21st century trial that David Irving brought against professor and author, Deborah Lipstadt. Irving is a self-proclaimed historian and legally recognized Holocaust Denier and Lipstadt wrote the book, literally, on Holocaust denial.
To set the stage for this movie, the real life events were that Irving sued Lipstadt in the U.K. He sued in the U.K. because that meant the burden of proof was on Lipstadt to prove that the Holocaust happened and that Irving, in his books, purposely twisted facts to fit his agenda.
The movie is well cast with Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson, Timothy Spall, Andrew Scott, and Caren Pistorius, all having major roles. This means some top-notch acting. And while it is a legal drama without a smoking gun, the action is surprisingly unexpected and intense. There were two script/final edit issues I could pick a bone about but I suspect most viewers won't even notice.
This film is a stark reminder of what survivors, those struggling to remember, have to face in the lengths that deniers will go to when they viciously attempt to bury the facts to serve their own ambitions. I recommend this film and give it a 4 of 5 on the rating scale.