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HESTfest [a marcus guide to the Planet of the Heston]


My Father


**CHUCK'S DARK ROLE (& Last Film)
In February of 2004, the Berlin Film Festival premiered "My Father" (A.K.A. "Rua Alguem 555"--a street address in Brazil, where the film is located and was shot.)  Charlton Heston portrayed a thinly disguised (his character is unnamed) Josef Mengele, that monstrous Nazi doctor, "The Angel of Death." This film, an independent production, speculated that Mengele was still alive and living in South America, at least in 1985, the time setting for "My Father."  Thomas Kretschmann, from "The Pianist," as well as "U-571," co-stars as Mengele's son, who confronts his father over his sordid past. Also in the film is F. Murray Abraham, who is best known for his Oscar-winning turn as Salieri in "Amadeus." The director was Egidio Eronico, an Italian film-maker who shot an acclaimed documentary about the Holocaust. (INTERESTINGLY, Gregory Peck, Chuck's longtime friend, played Mengele in the 1978 hit "The Boys From Brazil," directed by Franklin J. Schaffner, who shot the original "Planet of the Apes.")

Variety Review of "My Father"