Picks and Pans Review: Nazi Hunter: the Beate Klarsfeld Story
ABC (Sun., Nov. 23, 9 p.m. ET)
At last we don't have to see Farrah Fawcett getting herself beaten and bruised to prove she can act. Instead she plays a real-life German who's ashamed of her heritage and tracks down Nazi war criminals, most notably Klaus Barbie, the "butcher of Lyons" (now back in France awaiting trial). Farrah's just fine; she doesn't even let herself get upstaged by the queen of that craft, Geraldine Page as one of Barbie's victims. But the drama's thin and the script sometimes naive; Farrah yells at her father for not telling her about the concentration camps—as if in the 1960s any literate human being could be unaware of them. But Klarsfeld has a great saving grace—Scottish actor Tom (Reuben, Reuben) Conti as Klarsfeld's husband and tutor in tragedy. Conti has enough charm to become this generation's Guinness, Gielgud or Richardson, and he gives this film the warmth and humanity it needs.
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