THE DECENT ONE (Der Anständige), from a comment made by Himmler in one of his letters to his wife: "We can have one desire as to what is said about us: These German officers, these German soldiers -- they were decent." Unfortunately doing the "decent" thing under the Third Reich meant wiping out Jews and homosexuals (whom Himmler manages to mention within the same sentence in another letter), among others like the Romani/gypsies. Ms Lapa has organized her documentary as a kind of history of Himmler (shown above and in some of the photos below) and his life, framed by chapters that lead off with one quote or another from this infa-mous genocidal maniac -- whom Hannah Arendt found to be a stand-in for the banality of evil, a point which this new film would seem to underscore.
Kino Lorber and running 94 minutes --has its NYC premiere this coming Wednesday, October 1, at Film Forum for a two-week run. The following Friday, October 10, it opens in L.A. at Laemmle's Music Hall 3, and in Santa Barbara at the Plaza De Oror Twin on October 22. Click here and scroll down to view further playdates.