Final Account (S)

Final Account   (S)

Final Account (S)

  • Directed by Luke Holland
  • Starring n/a
  • UK | USA | 94mins | 2020 | rated (15)

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film runtime: 1h 34m

(S) = Subtitled.

Luke Holland’s final film is a vital study of the people who witnessed and supported the Third Reich.

Over the course of more than a decade, the documentary film-maker Luke Holland collected interviews with surviving witnesses and participants of Hitler’s Third Reich. The result is an exhaustive study that was completed shortly before Holland’s death last year.

Holland visited with surviving Nazis: SS soldiers and airmen, concentration camp guards and neighbours, and one-time Nazi youths.

In some ways, Final Account draws a line under a period of history that has been explored extensively before. But it also hints, in several chilling segments, at how pervasive some of the ideas that formed the core of Nazi ideology remain, even now. What Holland uncovers as the film progresses is a human tendency to adjust, to accept, to shift blame.

This is not, the film argues, the time for complacency.