Home Box Office and The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Midwest Regional Office Host The Chicago Premiere Screening of HBO Films 'Conspiracy'

Film is A Dramatic Reconstruction of The 90-Minute Meeting That Set in Motion

The Details of Hitler's Final Solution



Apr 18, 2001, 01:00 ET from HBO

    CHICAGO, April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- On January 20, 1942, 15 men gathered in
 a villa on the outskirts of Berlin for a clandestine meeting that would
 ultimately seal the fate of the European Jewish population.  Ninety minutes
 later, the blueprint for Hitler's Final Solution was in place.
     Adolf Eichmann prepared 30 top-secret copies of the meeting's minutes.  By
 the fall of the Reich, all had disappeared or been destroyed -- except one.
 The Wannsee Protocol, found in the files of the Reich's Foreign Office, is the
 only document where the details of Hitler's maniacal plan were actually
 codified, and serves as the basis for CONSPIRACY.
     The invitation-only premiere screening is being held Monday, May 7, at the
 Thorne Auditorium, Northwestern University Lake Shore Drive Campus.  The
 screening begins at 7:00 p.m. and will be followed by a panel discussion led
 by Dr. Michael Berenbaum who consulted on the film.  Dr Berenbaum is a writer,
 lecturer, teacher and consultant in the conceptual development of museums and
 the historical development of films.  He was the director of the United States
 Holocaust Research Institute at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.  He served
 as the project director for the Museum, overseeing its creation.
     Starring Kenneth Branagh (Academy Award(R) nominee for 1996's "Hamlet" and
 1989's "Henry V") and Stanley Tucci (Emmy(R) and Golden Globe winner for HBO's
 "Winchell"), CONSPIRACY recreates one of the most infamous gatherings in world
 history, the meeting at Wannsee, when the German High Command was mobilized by
 Reinhard Heydrich to implement their unthinkable plan -- the extermination of
 the Jews.
     Debuting SATURDAY, MAY 19 at 9:00 p.m. (ET), the HBO Films presentation
 also stars David Threlfall (HBO's "Murderers Among Us:  The Simon Wiesenthal
 Story") and Colin Firth ("Bridget Jones' Diary").
     Other playdates:  May 22 (1:00 p.m.), 27 (12:15 p.m., 11:00 p.m.) and 31
 (2:30 p.m., 11:55 p.m.), and June 4 (10:00 a.m., 8:00 p.m.), 9 (5:30 p.m.) and
 13 (5:15 p.m.).
     Directed by Frank Pierson (Academy Award(R) for writing 1975's "Dog Day
 Afternoon"; director of HBO's "Truman" and "Citizen Cohn"), CONSPIRACY is an
 HBO Films presentation and a co-production with BBC Films.  The executive
 producers are Pierson, Frank Doelger (Emmy(R) for HBO's "A Child Betrayed:
 The Calvin Mire Story") and Peter Zinner (Academy Award(R) for editing 1978's
 "The Deer Hunter"); the producer is Nick Gillot ("Jakob the Liar"); the script
 is by Loring Mandel ("The Little Drummer Girl").  Jonathan Krauss, vice
 president, HBO Films, is the executive in charge of the film.
     Home Box Office is the premium television programming division of Time
 Warner Entertainment Company, L.P. providing two 24-hour premium television
 services, HBO and Cinemax.  Together, both networks reach nearly 37 million
 subscribers in the United States via cable and satellite delivery.  Home Box
 Office's international joint ventures bring HBO branded services to more than
 50 countries around the globe.
 
 

SOURCE HBO
    CHICAGO, April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- On January 20, 1942, 15 men gathered in
 a villa on the outskirts of Berlin for a clandestine meeting that would
 ultimately seal the fate of the European Jewish population.  Ninety minutes
 later, the blueprint for Hitler's Final Solution was in place.
     Adolf Eichmann prepared 30 top-secret copies of the meeting's minutes.  By
 the fall of the Reich, all had disappeared or been destroyed -- except one.
 The Wannsee Protocol, found in the files of the Reich's Foreign Office, is the
 only document where the details of Hitler's maniacal plan were actually
 codified, and serves as the basis for CONSPIRACY.
     The invitation-only premiere screening is being held Monday, May 7, at the
 Thorne Auditorium, Northwestern University Lake Shore Drive Campus.  The
 screening begins at 7:00 p.m. and will be followed by a panel discussion led
 by Dr. Michael Berenbaum who consulted on the film.  Dr Berenbaum is a writer,
 lecturer, teacher and consultant in the conceptual development of museums and
 the historical development of films.  He was the director of the United States
 Holocaust Research Institute at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.  He served
 as the project director for the Museum, overseeing its creation.
     Starring Kenneth Branagh (Academy Award(R) nominee for 1996's "Hamlet" and
 1989's "Henry V") and Stanley Tucci (Emmy(R) and Golden Globe winner for HBO's
 "Winchell"), CONSPIRACY recreates one of the most infamous gatherings in world
 history, the meeting at Wannsee, when the German High Command was mobilized by
 Reinhard Heydrich to implement their unthinkable plan -- the extermination of
 the Jews.
     Debuting SATURDAY, MAY 19 at 9:00 p.m. (ET), the HBO Films presentation
 also stars David Threlfall (HBO's "Murderers Among Us:  The Simon Wiesenthal
 Story") and Colin Firth ("Bridget Jones' Diary").
     Other playdates:  May 22 (1:00 p.m.), 27 (12:15 p.m., 11:00 p.m.) and 31
 (2:30 p.m., 11:55 p.m.), and June 4 (10:00 a.m., 8:00 p.m.), 9 (5:30 p.m.) and
 13 (5:15 p.m.).
     Directed by Frank Pierson (Academy Award(R) for writing 1975's "Dog Day
 Afternoon"; director of HBO's "Truman" and "Citizen Cohn"), CONSPIRACY is an
 HBO Films presentation and a co-production with BBC Films.  The executive
 producers are Pierson, Frank Doelger (Emmy(R) for HBO's "A Child Betrayed:
 The Calvin Mire Story") and Peter Zinner (Academy Award(R) for editing 1978's
 "The Deer Hunter"); the producer is Nick Gillot ("Jakob the Liar"); the script
 is by Loring Mandel ("The Little Drummer Girl").  Jonathan Krauss, vice
 president, HBO Films, is the executive in charge of the film.
     Home Box Office is the premium television programming division of Time
 Warner Entertainment Company, L.P. providing two 24-hour premium television
 services, HBO and Cinemax.  Together, both networks reach nearly 37 million
 subscribers in the United States via cable and satellite delivery.  Home Box
 Office's international joint ventures bring HBO branded services to more than
 50 countries around the globe.
 
 SOURCE  HBO