Chris Weitz
MGM
Automatik
Fred Berger
Brian Kavanaugh-Jones

“Operation Finale” main title sequence for Chris Weitz, MGM and Automatik

Shine designed, filmed, edited and animated the main title sequence for “Operation Finale”. The main title sequence portrays Nazi officer Adolf Eichmann’s leadership role in the Holocaust.

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Fifteen years after the end of World War II, a team of top-secret Israeli agents travels to Argentina to track down Adolf Eichmann, the Nazi officer who masterminded the transportation logistics that brought millions of innocent Jews to their deaths in concentration camps. Hoping to sneak him out of the country to stand trial, agent Peter Malkin soon finds himself playing a deadly game of cat and mouse with the notorious war criminal.
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It was late fall in Buenos Aires and Ricardo Klement was an ordinary man living an ordinary life. Every morning, he took the bus to his job as a foreman at a Mercedes-Benz factory, and every evening, he returned to his wife and two children in their suburban home. The mirage that was his very existence shattered on May 11, 1960, when he was thrown to the ground, shoved into the backseat of a car, tied up, gagged and blindfolded, threatened with death, and driven to a safe house for interrogation. His captors pulled off the mission in under ten minutes, but it had been meticulously planned out for months, escalating in late March, when Klement’s true identity as Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann was confirmed.

The bold undertaking was carried out by Israeli intelligence operatives acting on behalf of the Israeli government. Afraid they would be thwarted by a sympathetic fascistic regime, they never told Argentinian authorities about their mission. Eichmann, the “Architect of the Holocaust,” would be brought to Israel to stand trial on 15 counts of war crimes perpetrated against the Jewish people and against humanity. A year later, his televised trial would be the first time the breadth and depravity of Nazi atrocities were exposed to the world at-large.

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Peter Malkin spent 27 years in the Mossad, first as an agent and later as Chief of Operations. As Chief of Operations he played a major role in the capture of Israel Bar, a Soviet spy who had penetrated the highest levels of Israeli government. He also led an operation against Nazi nuclear rocket scientists who assisted an Egyptian weapons development program after World War II.

Malkin’s most famous mission was on May 11, 1960, when he and a team of Mossad agents led by Rafi Eitan captured Adolf Eichmann who was living in hiding in Argentina. Eichmann was one of the top Nazi officials who played a principal role in organizing extermination of the Jews during World War II. “Momentito, señor” (One moment, sir) were the words he uttered in Spanish as he approached Eichmann. Then Malkin grabbed him in a neck-lock, wrestled him to the ground, and bundled him in the car that took them to a safe house outside Buenos Aires.

In 1989, Israeli newspaper Maariv cited him as “one of the greatest figures ever in the history of the Mossad.” Israeli journalist Uri Dan called him “an extraordinary secret warrior.”

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“Operation Finale” travel sequence

In addition to the main title sequence above, Shine also designed, filmed, edited and animated the travel sequence below. The sequence portrays how the team from the Mossad traveled from Tel Aviv to Bueno Aires, undetected through various cities around the world.

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