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Peter Cohen (writer)
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Release Date:
13 October 1989 (Sweden) See more »
Tagline:
Skönhetskult och barbari i Tredje Riket
Plot:
An absorbing and chilling documentary about the National Socialist aesthetic, and how attempts to create... See more » | Add synopsis »
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A Refreshing and Eye-Opening Thesis about the Nazis See more (9 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Rolf Arsenius ... Narrator (original version) (voice)

Bruno Ganz ... Narrator (German, subtitled English versions) (voice)
Sam Gray ... Narrator (dubbed English version)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Martin Bormann ... Himself (archive footage)
Karl Brandt ... Himself (archive footage) (as Dr. Karl Brandt)
Arno Breker ... Himself (archive footage)
Hermann Giesler ... Himself (archive footage)
Joseph Goebbels ... Himself (archive footage) (as Josef Goebbels)
Heinrich Himmler ... Himself (archive footage)

Adolf Hitler ... Himself (archive footage)
Wilhelm Keitel ... Himself (archive footage)
Viktor Lutze ... Himself (archive footage)

Jeanne Moreau ... Narrator (French version) (voice)
Alfred Rosenberg ... Himself (archive footage)
Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt ... Himself (archive footage)
Albert Speer ... Himself (archive footage)
Josef Thorak ... Himself (archive footage)
P.L. Troost ... Himself (archive footage)

Directed by
Peter Cohen 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Peter Cohen  writer

Produced by
Peter Cohen .... producer
 
Original Music by
Sven Ahlin 
Peter Cohen 
 
Cinematography by
Mikael Cohen 
Gerhard Fromm 
Peter Östlund 
 
Sound Department
Klas Dykhoff .... sound editor
Lars C. Lundberg .... sound re-recording mixer
Kjell Westman .... dubbing mixer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Börje Sundberg .... gaffer
 
Editorial Department
Karin Giernoth .... negative cutter
 
Other crew
Stig Jonassen .... fact checking
 
Thanks
Göran Bengtson .... thanks
Marcel Cravenne .... thanks (as Marcel Cohen)
Boguslaw Drewniak .... thanks
Marylou Gjernes .... thanks
Kay Glans .... thanks
Harald Herrmann .... thanks
Ernst Klee .... thanks
Gerhard Koch .... thanks
Bo Kuritzen .... thanks
Lars-Olof Larsson .... thanks
Lars Lundström .... thanks
Mikael Rosengren .... thanks
Werner Schwanitz .... thanks
Hans Jurgen Singer .... thanks
Rita Stetter .... thanks
Claes Söderqvist .... thanks
Peter Vierek .... thanks
 

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119 min
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While researching this film in Germany, 'Cohen, Peter' stumbled upon an obscure industrial documentary about various methods of vermin control for factory use. This short, entitled "Kleinkrieg" (or "Little War"), proved invaluable as it was the first to advocate the use of Zyklon-B as an effective means of mass extermination.See more »
Movie Connections:
Features The Eternal Jew (1940)See more »
Soundtrack:
Requiem (excerpt)See more »

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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
A Refreshing and Eye-Opening Thesis about the Nazis, 5 May 2000
Author: jacksflicks from Hollywood

It's hard to examine the Nazi movement without seeming sensationalistic and lurid. "Architecture of Doom" achieves the difficult task of illustrating its thesis without sensationalizing it.

I have seen and read many histories of the Nazi period, and because of the aesthetic impact implicit in Nazism, the overarching impression I had wasn't the monstrous brutality and inhumanity, but the the uniforms, the rallies, the Wagner. After this film, I was left with a new way of looking and thinking about the Nazis.

That the narration is not to some tastes is, to me, a quibble. Actually, I like Sam Gray's narration. The phrasing is novel and very effective. In fact, the "inflectionless" style lends a kind of boldface to the words.

This is powerful stuff. There are debatable points, but the general thesis - that Nazism is murder in pursuit of an aesthetic - is mighty compelling.

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