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Denial Wants to Be a Sobering Trump Allegory, But It Plays More Like Liberal Wish Fulfillment

When introducing Denial at its Toronto International Film Festival premiere, director Mick Jackson made a point of connecting David Irving (Timothy Spall), his film’s Holocaust-denying antagonist, to a certain American presidential candidate. Irving was a “liar, a racist, and a demagogue,” Jackson explained, before knowingly asking his audience, “Does that sound familiar?” And in an interview with Time last week, the film’s star Rachel Weisz indicated that the script intentionally drew such parallels: “I think screenwriter David Hare was inspired by Donald Trump—this idea that you can just have an opinion one day and an opinion the next day and speak as if it’s a fact.
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