Herbert Lom, here playing a fanatical Hitler Youth, was in reality from Czechoslovakia and a refugee from the Nazi takeover of that country. See more »
In the beginning scroll of text, Britain is misspelled 'Britian'. See more »
Marinus van der Lubbe:
How many more times have I got to say it? Yes I did set fire to the Reichstag. I've said it hundreds of times. This has been going on for eight months now, this torture. I've no strength left, I can't stand it. Yes I did set fire to the Reichstag. I did it myself. Now sentence me and leave me in peace.
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Very much of its time look at Hitler and the German war machine is best viewed keeping the time it was made in mind
British Propaganda film made in 1940 telling the story of Hitler's rise to power. Not far from the truth its mixes real footage with re-enactments with a decidedly anti- Nazi stance to create a very serious, but now very silly film. Its an odd mix of "why we fight" propaganda mixed with information about the enemy with just a touch of dry, and not so dry, wit aimed at making fun of the enemy so he was less terrifying. The mixture probably did exactly what it was suppose to but now over sixty years after the fact the whole effect is more than just a bit cartoonish. Running some 55 minutes it was quite amusing for about half its running time, by which time it was "enough of this already, I get the point". If you're interested in the period and its propaganda this is must see viewing, however if you want a non partisan look at events prior to the start of the war look elsewhere.
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