History is not just about times, dates and locations. Sometimes, it is about people and how their lives have been impacted forever. The new film “Denial” brings to light a dark chapter in human history about the Holocaust and how a few choice people denied the event ever took place.
The story of this film centers on the story of historian and author Deborah Lipstadt (Rachel Weisz). Known Holocaust denier David Irving brings a libel suit against Lipstadt claiming she damaged his reputation in her new book calling him a falsifier of history and a liar. Lipstadt is taken to court in the United Kingdom where the burden of proof is on them. So Lipstadt and her attorneys have to show that Irving’s claims and views have no merit and that the Holocaust took place.
The movie has several scenes that pull at the audiences’ emotions taking them to pits of sadness to anger. One scene that stuck with me is when Lipstadt and her legal team travel to Poland to see the Auschwitz Consideration camp. During the point in the trip Lipstadt, who is Jewish, stands next to the remains of a gas chamber and starts to recite a prayer. The stillness of the scene and the softness of her words resonated with me.
Another scene is when Richard Rampton (Tom Wilkinson) Lipstadt’s barrister tells her that she is not going to testify in court. Rampton says, “Our strategy is to keep the focus or Irving and Irving alone. It is not a test of your creditability. It is a test of his.” This scene makes you feel for Lipstadt and the burden she is carrying on this journey.
“Denial” highlights that hate in today’s world can still consume and destroy as has done for centuries. The views that Irving expresses in the film are vile and poisonous to others. This movie emphasizes that history doesn't need to be forgotten but remembered as it as happened and hate needs to be overcome by love.
Denial is based on the book “History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier” by Deborah Lipstadt. This film is one that needs to be seen before it leaves theaters to get the full appreciation for it. Like several films this year, it is a limited release, which is a shame. The only theater that is playing “Denial” is at the Magnolia Theater in Dallas. It is worth the drive to go see.
I give this film four out of five mustaches.
The Magnolia is located at 3699 McKinney Ave. in Dallas. For showtimes go to the theater’s website at www.landmarktheatres.com. Denial is rated PG-13 for thematic material and brief strong language and runs 110 minutes.
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