Cinema Odeon > 18:00


Vanessa Lapa

Following, video meeting with Vanessa Lapa


Sunday 30/08/2020


Original version with subtitles


Film Notes

Albert Speer is an enigma. The highest-ranking Nazi in Nuremberg to be spared the death sentence, Speer was one of Hitler’s closest confidants and his chief architect, tasked with rebuilding Berlin as the capital of a global empire. Appointed Minister of Armaments and War production in 1942, Speer was responsible for 12 million slave laborers. And yet, even now, he has the reputation of being ‘the good Nazi’ – a myth he carefully constructed himself. The film meets its protagonist in 1971, while Speer was working on a screenplay for Paramount Pictures, based on his memoir Inside the Third Reich. Based on forty hours of unpublished audio cassettes, recorded by screenwriter Andrew Birkin, it features Speer’s callous attempt to whitewash his past with a feature film. The audio narrative is supplemented by rare archival footage, from before and during World War II, during the Nuremberg Trials and later, during Speer’s retirement as a semi-reclusive country gentleman. At times juxtaposed and at times interwoven, those three timelines form the narrative of the film that provides ironic and chilling tension. Speer Goes to Hollywood is the film that Speer never made. Thanks to the cassettes, he is the narrator of his own life story, but in a way that he never imagined. The rare archival materials selected to illustrate his account offer us a chance to look beyond his words to ponder whether this eloquent but ultimately self-serving narcissist was recording history or recording his story? 
Speer Goes to Hollywood offers an intriguing look at the inner workings of a man responsible for the deaths of millions, yet whom many people still consider a decent man in indecent circumstances. This new film by director Vanessa Lapa, award-winning director of The Decent One (2014), is a cautionary tale of how media such as film can be manipulated easily to shape the way that history is remembered.

Cast and Credits

Scen.: Vanessa Lapa, Joëlle Alexis. M.: Joëlle Alexis. Mus.: Frank Ilfman. Prod.: Vanessa Lapa, Tomer Eliav per Realworks. Associate Prod.: Sylvain Goldberg. Co-Prod., Björn Koll per Salzgeber & Co. Medien GmbH, Felix Breisach per Medienwerkstatt GmbH. DCP.