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The four part series, starring Sebastian Koch as Albert Speer and Tobias Moretti as Adolf Hitler, explores in detail the relationship between Hitler and his chief architect, Albert Speer. It mixes drama, documentary footage, interviews with eye witnesses and covers the early beginnings, the glory days and the ultimate collapse of the Third Reich, as well as the Nuremberg trials and Speers life in prison and thereafter.

This film analyses and unmasks the German architect, Minister for Armaments, war criminal, prisoner and best selling author Albert Speer through a wide reaching biographical narration. It gives insight into the man Albert Speer and his role in the darkest chapter of German history. The son of a middle class Heidelberg family meets Adolf Hitler, the Fuhrer and strikes a pact with the devil in exchange for power, success and recognition.

PART 1: GERMANIA: THE MADNESS: Part 1 tells of the rise and fall of Hitlers favourite architect who went on to be his war organiser and, as elite technocrat, was directly responsible for prolonging the war. We begin the story of the Third Reich as it draws to a close: Albert Speer waits for his trial in his Nuremberg prison cell.

PART II: NUREMBERG: THE TRIAL: In Part 2 the entire cast of the Nuremberg trials are shown in both recreations and authentic historical footage. The focus of interest is the accused war criminal Speer. Speer had the ability to transcend Hitler even before the end of the trial. He successfully distances himself from the riff raff of the Third Reich, claims not to be part of the inner circle and successfully creates the impression of the remorseful penitent, a sort of Nazi gentleman.

PART III: SPANDAU: THE SENTENCE: Part 3 concentrates on Speers twenty years of incarceration at Spandau prison. A building in the heart of Berlin with hundreds of empty cells and only one floor in operation, seven cells were occupied by prominent ex Nazis. These seven prisoners are treated as numbers. The prisoners clothing is at first supplied by concentration camps.

PART IV: EPILOGUE: THE DECEPTION: The accompanying documentary tells Speers story from where the film project ends: at the prison door in Spandau, the day of the release of the war criminal. In interviews with Speers children, biographers, witnesses and historians we attempt to re create and understand the self deception and the creation of the lies and legends.

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