Wednesday 13 November 2019

A show trial that should have showed more

Martin Freeman as producer Milton Fruchtman in The Eichmann Show
Martin Freeman as producer Milton Fruchtman in The Eichmann Show
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The Eichmann Show (BBC2) was not so much about the 1961 trial in Jerusalem of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann as about the people who televised it for global consumption, and as such its potential impact was muffled.

There were fine performances from Anthony LaPaglia as formerly blacklisted director Leo Hurwitz and from the increasingly impressive Martin Freeman as producer Milton Fruchtman, but you couldn't help feeling that this take on the essential drama was somehow beside the point.

Eichmann himself was shown in actual trial footage and you kept staring at him in vain expectation of facial responses to the ghastly evidence being told to the court.

That, whether the makers of this film thought so or not, was where the real drama lay, but instead they gave us behind-the-scenes wranglings and rows and other TV dilemmas.

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