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Denial (2016)

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8/10: Debunks the distortion of history
Sunday, October 30, 2016

Historical and even scientific truth can be merely the consensus agreed upon by those who presently have the power and influence to determine public opinion, or it can be based on evidence that has been tested in the laboratory, in debate, or in a court of law. Written by David Hare and based on the book "History on Trial: My Day in Court with David Irving" by Professor Deborah Lipstadt of Emory University in Atlanta, Mick Jackson's Denial is an examination of Professor Lipstadt's (Rachel Weisz, "The Light Between Oceans") court battle in London to defend herself from a libel charge brought by British historian David Irving (Timothy Spall, "Mr. Turner"), a Holocaust denier and alleged anti-Semite. For all intents and purposes, it is a trial to determine whether or not the Holocaust was real.Denial opens with Professor Lipstadt delivering a talk promoting her book to a roomful of students. One of the people in attendance...

8/10: Holocaust Denier exposed in this riveting courtroom drama
Saturday, October 29, 2016

When Emory University Professor Deborah E. Lipstadt published her book "Denying the Holocaust" in 1993, it captured the attention of the notorious British Holocaust Denier David Irving, who eventually brought a lawsuit against her in Britain claiming she damaged his reputation by calling him a "Holocaust denier, falsifier, and bigot."When Irving initially came down to Atlanta and confronted Lipstadt (Rachel Weisz), she refused to speak with him, insisting that any communication with Holocaust deniers would legitimize their arguments. But after Irving filed the lawsuit, she decided to take him on and hired a solicitor, Anthony Julius (Andrew Scott), who was already famous for representing Princess Diana in the divorce proceedings with the Royal Family.Julius explained to Lipstadt that the burden of proof in the British civil system was quite different then in America, with the accused obligated to prove its case, not the plaintiff. Furthermore, Julius pointed out that he wouldn't be arguing the case in court...

7/10: Elvis is dead
Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Deborah E. Lipstadt' faces a long legal battle for historical truth against David Irving, who accuses her of libel when she declares him a Holocaust denier. In the English legal system in Defamation, the burden of proof is on the accused, therefore it's up to Lipstadt and her legal team to prove the essential truth that the Holocaust occurred.Having never heard of the case or Irving (I'm not a historian), but I was shocked to find out that not not only do Holocaust deniers exist, but this one man has the audacity to actually try and sue someone for their difference of opinion.If you make derogatory remarks, that you know will irk the majority of the earths population, you are bound to be criticised, be it on television, or face to face.Spall does a tremendous job of not making Irving a pantomime villain, and the film shows us that he's a family man, and...

6/10: Topical but Rachel Weisz is wrong for the role
Monday, November 21, 2016

There is so much denying of atrocities that this is an interesting subject to see on screen from the Middle East to Nanjing. In this well made movie a British holocaust denier David Irving sued an American Jewish Historian Deborah Lipstadt for calling him that.The best parts of this movie are the trip to Auschwitz to investigate and the trial in London.The worst parts of this movie are the times when Deborah acts stubborn and uncooperative with her legal team. Even though she apologizes it makes her seem unsympathetic. Also the big team against one loon makes the battle seem a foregone conclusion. The climax isn't exciting in the sense that the outcome was so certain, what court would rule for a holocaust denier? It seems a bit of an anti climax.The acting is good. Rachel Weisz isn't the best for this role. Her accent and manner just don't ring American. There could have...

7/10: compelling headline drama
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Deborah Lipstadt (Rachel Weisz) is a Jewish history writer. She refuses to debate holocaust denier David Irving (Timothy Spall) but he continues to confront her. In her latest book, she ridicules him and he sues her in London for defamation. To her shock, the burden of proof is on her. She hires Princess Di's lawyer Anthony Julius (Andrew Scott). She goes to Auschwitz with lawyer Richard Rampton (Tom Wilkinson). There are limitations to making this history come to life. This is surprisingly compelling considering that it's a stodgy court drama. It's able to bring some interesting FACTS to light. When Julius forbids survivors from testifying, I wonder if they would climax with the expected testimonies. In fact, I wonder if Lipstadt would be beaten up by neo-Nazis in a darken alley to amp up the climax. It doesn't do any of that. There is a limited climax and some tension throughout. The weight of history...

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