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February 1968 (USA) See more »
A documentary about the rise and fall of fascism and the effects of Nazism on German society. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Mikhail Romm ... Narrator (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Marlene Dietrich ... Herself (archive footage)
Joseph Goebbels ... Himself (archive footage) (as Josef Goebbels)
Hermann Göring ... Himself (archive footage)

Adolf Hitler ... Himself (archive footage)

Joseph Stalin ... Himself (archive footage)
Jûkichi Uno ... Narrator (voice: Japanese version)

Directed by
Mikhail Romm 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Yuri Khanyutin 
Mikhail Romm 
Maya Turovskaya 

Original Music by
Alemdar Karamanov  (as L. Karamandi)
Cinematography by
German Lavrov 
Film Editing by
Valentina Kulagina 
Mikhail Romm 
Sound Department
Sergei Minervin .... sound
Boris Vengerovsky .... sound

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Also Known As:
"Obyknovennyy fashizm" - Soviet Union (original title)
"Ordinary Fascism" - International (English title) (literal title)
"Trumps Over Violence" - USA
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138 min | Germany:133 min | USA:82 min | Japan:129 min | West Germany:123 min
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An extraordinarily powerful reminder to the future generations of the horrors of German nazism, 27 March 2003
Author: avtelnov from Berkeley, California

It is hard to draw parallels between this brilliantly narrated compilation of both Allied and Third Reich's archive films and Hollywood's productions such as "Schindler's List" or "Jakob the Liar". While the latter present limited, sanitized and artificial-looking depictions of life under the Nazi rule, Romm's "Ordinary Fascism" pulls out all the stops in its selection of documentary material to draw the viewer not only into absolute horror about fascism and nazism in the 1920s-1940s Europe, but also to a firmest of convictions that nothing of the sort should be allowed to happen again anywhere in the world.

Note the timing: the film was released in 1965, in the Soviet Union's heyday at the height of the great societal and intellectual "thaw" that followed the Stalin's death and the denunciation of Stalin's totalitarianism by Nikita Khruschev. Never explicitly mentioning any of them explicitly, the film targets tyranny and despotism no matter what form they may take; the release of such a film would have been impossible under Stalin.

A good indicator of the power of this film could be the fact that it is available in most video stores in Germany.

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