“The House On Garibaldi Street”
When the book of the same name as the movie written by Isser Harel came out, I was living in Israel and as I read it in Hebrew, I devoured and savored every word. Then it was made into a movie directed by Peter Collinson and starring Topol, Nick Mancuso, Martin Balsam, Leo McKern (as David Ben-Gurion), Charles Gray, John Cater, Edward Judd, Gareth Hunt and Alfred Burke as Adolph Eichmann. The movie is true to the book—it was made as a docudrama about Israel’s tracking down, capture and smuggling out of Argentina one of the architects of the Final Solution, SS Colonel Adolph Eichmann.
The film is straightforward, factual and well acted by one of a great casts of familiar faces. A tip was received by Israeli Intelligence about a man in Buenos Aires that could be ” Adolph Eichmann” one of the most involved in the mass genocide of the Jews in Nazi Germany. Eichmann escaped and few clues were found where he was. The Mossad/ Israeli Intelligence looked in Argentina for Eichmann who had just moved to a new address. Using tips and clues they ended up at Garibaldi Street and set up surveillance. The man they were watching was indeed Adolf Eichmann. The team immediately set up three safe houses and a clever plot to take Eichmann back to Israel to stand trial after they successfully kidnapped him. But his lack of remorse and slanted Nazi views had the agents wanting to finish him off before a public trial in Jerusalem.
The truth is that I had expected so much more from the fine cast so I can only imagine that the producers felt that if the movie was to be timely it had to be made right away. Unfortunately that hurt the film.