Masterpiece Theatre - God on Trial

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Overview

Antony Sher, Rupert Graves, Dominic Cooper, and Stellan Skarsgard star in this harrowing drama about believers and non-believers coming to terms with a world drenched in evil and suffering. Celebrated screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce's script is based on the often told, but unconfirmed, story that a group of prisoners facing extermination at Auschwitz convened a rabbinical court to ask who is to blame for the greatest of all crimes. God on Trial originally aired on PBS's Masterpiece Theatre Contemporary in ...
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Overview

Antony Sher, Rupert Graves, Dominic Cooper, and Stellan Skarsgard star in this harrowing drama about believers and non-believers coming to terms with a world drenched in evil and suffering. Celebrated screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce's script is based on the often told, but unconfirmed, story that a group of prisoners facing extermination at Auschwitz convened a rabbinical court to ask who is to blame for the greatest of all crimes. God on Trial originally aired on PBS's Masterpiece Theatre Contemporary in November, 2008.
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Special Features

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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/13/2009
  • UPC: 783421426597
  • Original Release: 2008
  • Source: Wgbh / Pbs
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:26:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 2,771

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Antony Sher Akiba
Rupert Graves Mordechai
Dominic Cooper Moche
Stellan Skarsgård Baumgarten
Stephen Dillane Schmidt
Jack Shepherd Kuhn
Blake Ritson Idek
Eddie Marsan Lieble
Technical Credits
Andy DeEmmony Director
Frank Cottrell Boyce Screenwriter
Frank Cottrell-Boyce Screenwriter
Rebecca Eaton Executive Producer
Norwell and Green Score Composer
Michelle Guish Casting
Andrew John McClelland Editor
Eoin McGuirk Editor
Anne Mensah Executive Producer
Mike Gunn Production Designer
Mark Redhead Executive Producer
Jemma Rodgers Producer
Wojciech Szepel Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- God on Trial
1. Introduction [2:34]
2. The World Upside Down [8:39]
3. Bringing Charges-Breaking the Covenant [16:35]
4. Purity Through Pain? [9:43]
5. Free Will [10:24]
6. One Hundred Thousand Million Stars [17:42]
7. The Verdict [14:15]
8. Time for Prayer [4:18]
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  • Posted June 26, 2012

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    A fearless inquiry

    How could God allow the systematic slaughter of his "chosen people?" Why doesn't God intervene? Does he care? These are the central questions of God on Trial. Riveting, bold, honest and passionate, the trial held by a group of men in Auschwitz features a "judge" and two "attorneys:" one who argues for faith, the other for reason. The "lawyers" call on several men in the room to advance their arguments before a rabbi, who hasn't spoken throughout the film, delivers an unforgettable closing speech. Among others, arguments concerning free will, trust, the mind of God, our significance on one little planet in a vast universe, punishment of the innocent and intelligent design that necessitates death are carefully presented. Brilliant stuff. Most highly recommended!

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