THIRD REICH: THE RISE & FALL tells the story of Hitler's Germany through rarely seen films of the people who were there. Immersive and evocative, it takes viewers inside the Germany of the ... See full summary »
A dramatization of the life of Albert Speer, Adolf Hitler's young architect and onetime confidant, and his meteoric rise into the Nazi hierarchy. The film is based on Speer's autobiography ... See full summary »
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Edwina has just moved into the neighborhood known as "Widows' Peak," so called due to the prevalent marital status of the residents, who tend to be a rather exclusive bunch. The residents ... See full summary »
A precise, real-time (exactly 85 minutes - the length of the actual event) reenactment of the infamous Wannsee Conference, a meeting called in January, 1942 to map out the implementation of... See full summary »
Friedrich G. Beckhaus
Adolf Hitler, born in Braunau, one man who will change the history of the world forever. It follows his childhood to the death of his mother and his broken ambition to become an artist, ... See full summary »
Much of the filler music written by Lalo Schifrin for this program later showed up virtually unaltered, particularly in instrumentation, in his music for the US television series "Mission: Impossible". See more »
For some reason my local PBS station ran this flick in the mid-1990s, and I caught all three (two-hour-long) episodes. Like most documentaries without re-enactments, the film is just footage from the period and interviews with survivors. What made it interesting was the brassy opening music, which sounded more like the score for a docu on gangland Chicago then one on Nazis.
Following (loosely) the structure of the book on which it is based, each episode chronologically followed the origins of Adolf Hitler, the milieu he grew up in, WWI, his discovery of the German Worker's Party, how he made this group of right-wing cranks into the Nazi Party, the Depression, his rise to power, the Nazification of Germany, WWII, the defeat of Germany, the Allied discovery of the Holocaust. The last hour of the show, I think, was taken up discussing the "Final Solution," with an interview of a survivor who was a child when he was sent to one of the death camps.
Despite the amount of material, I think the book is a better chronicler of what went on those twelve years. A good companion film is Alain Resnais' French short "Night & Fog."
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