Nuremberg: Nazis on Trial, is a documentary film series consisting of three one-hour films that re-enact the Nuremberg War Trials of Albert Speer, Hermann Gring and Rudolf Hess.
The films employ the dual docudrama format interweaving contemporary interviews and archive footage with dramatic re-enactments of the events. The cross-cutting between footage of the real trial and the meticulously researched reconstructions garnered critical acclaim and a BAFTA nomination for the editor, Ben Giles.
In the opening episode of this gripping landmark series, Nathaniel Parker provides a fascinating portraylof the most inscrutable Nazi on trial at Nuremberg, Hitler's architect and armaments minister Albert Speer. He was the only defendant who unreservedly accepted responsibility for the Nazis' crime. But was Speer's remorse genuine or just a clever defence strategy to get off the hookThe film tells the intriguing behind-the scenes-story of Speer's trial and his showdown with unrepentant rival, Hermann Goering.
Goering was Hitler's charismatic and ruthless second-in-command. On trial for his life, the unrepentant Reichsmarschall turned the tables on the Allies. This documentary drama looks at Goering's attempt to re-ignite Nazism from the courtroom and reveals the role that a Jewish psychologist played in Goering's final defeat.
In the final episode of this gripping landmark series on the greatest trial in history, Ben Cross delivers a compelling performance as Hitler's deputy, Rudolf Hess. After his bizarre flight to Scotland in 1941 to offer peace to Britain, the Fuehrer had Hess declared insane. At Nuremberg, Hess's fitness for trial was at the centre of his case. He claimed not to remember his Nazi past and seemingly suffered from paranoid delusions. American psychiatrist Douglas Kelley (Stuart Bunce) and prison psychologist Gustave Gilbert (Adam Godley) sought to unlock the mystery of Hess's state of mind. What they found offers revealing insights into the psychology of Nazism.