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13 Minutes. Sony Pictures Classics.13 Minutes. Sony Pictures Classics.It wasn't then-trendy communist politics, a desire for glory, or prescience about Adolf Hitler's "final solution" that triggered Johann Georg Elser's 1939 assassination attempt on the Führer and other top Nazi officials. Not according to screenwriters Fred and Léonie-Claire Breinersdorfer's depiction of the tale in 13 Minutes.

Elser, a small-town musician, carpenter, playboy, and romantic, was radicalized by watching the Nazis chip away at his and neighbors' freedom of movement, association, and self-determination. The film shows how life under fascist states can be oppressive even for those who aren't special targets of the regime's ire. The theme is grim, but the story also serves as a testimony to the power of the human inclination toward freedom.

Elser failed in his aim, of course. Moreover, his bomb actually killed eight innocent people in the attempt. But had Hitler talked just 13 minutes longer that night, Elser may have succeeded.

The real-life Elser may not have been as apolitical or pacifistic as 13 Minutes portrays him. But his cinematic alter ego does hew relatively closely to what's known about the man. Arthur Nebe, the lead police investigator in the bombing, testified that Elser's "reasoning was quite simplistic. Hitler is war—and if he goes, there will be peace." Evil like Hitler's can create ethical dilemmas where no course of action is unambiguously correct.

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    Okay, so we have a review of a person who took a non-libertarian approach (bombing) to a person we don't like - and in the process killing folks whom we may or may not like.

    To balance the picture can we please have a review of a person who took a non-libertarian approach to a person we do like - whether or not they killed folks we may or may not of liked.

  • Scarecrow Repair & Chippering||

    What's stopping you? A simplistic question for a simplistic question.

  • Scarecrow Repair & Chippering||

    I've queued this one up in Netflix, mainly out of curiosity of how the Germans will treat it. Will they actually hew closely to known facts, will they color it in current political correctness? I've known the basic story for a long time, it was a nice surprise seeing a movie made of it. I hope the DVD includes more details in the bonus features.

    (Which brings up the biggest flaw in Netflix streaming, probably all streaming: no bonus features, no interviews, no deleted scenes. Most of such stuff is dreck, but some of it is surprisingly interesting.)

  • buybuydandavis||

    The Leftist drum beat of "Trump is Hitler, Assassinate him Now" continues.

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