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The Empty Mirror (1996)

PG-13 | | Drama, History, War | 29 January 1999 (USA)
Adolf Hitler faces himself and must come to terms with his infamous career in an imaginary post-war subterranean bunker where he reviews historical films, dictates his memoirs and ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Norman Rodway ...
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Hermann Goering
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Lorri Scott ...
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Raul Kobrinsky ...
Randy Zielinski ...
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Adolf Hitler faces himself and must come to terms with his infamous career in an imaginary post-war subterranean bunker where he reviews historical films, dictates his memoirs and encounters Eva Braun, Josef Goebbels, Hermann Göring and Sigmund Freud. Written by MG

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If he looked in the mirror, what would he see?


Drama | History | War

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Rated PG-13 for disturbing war images and thematic material | See all certifications »


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29 January 1999 (USA)  »

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$4,688 (USA) (7 May 1999)


$10,750 (USA) (21 May 1999)

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Did You Know?


In a scene when Hitler and Freud are talking, Hitler is wearing his gray army uniform with a swastika armband. The armband should not be there. An emblem of a eagle astride a swastika should be there. See more »


[first lines]
Adolf Hitler: Before us lies Germany, within us marches Germany, and after us comes Germany!
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Hell--worth 117 minutes of serious consideration
27 August 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In 1956, our high school history classes were assembled in the auditorium and shown the film documentation which was used as evidence at the Nuremburg trials. "The Empty Mirror"--a fiction--is well enough made to convey a chamber in Hell and bring closure to my 44 years of personal nightmare set going by that documentary footage. The fiction of Hitler's self-deconstruction, helped by a clear-eyed Sigmund Freud, includes such declarations as: "I have edited the imaginations of people not yet born." and "I wasn't put in a lunatic asylum. I created a lunatic asylum." Norman Rodway portrays the insanity of Hitler with painfully acute skill. There is no daylight in the film except as it flickers second-hand in documentary footage of the Third Reich. One might continue to brood over the problem of Hitler, except that built into the script is the clue that to brood over Hitler creates a type of 1000-year Reich in his behalf.

The take-home offer: know what madness looks like, and never to be betrayed by it. Here, the evil of megalomania is shown veiled by the attraction of power. But the viewer is placed behind the veil where the evil is chewing itself up. One disturbing thought: all those kidnapped blonde children in Hell with Hitler. Souls also non-existent? Above all, this is an art(literature/history) film. Gothic drama viewers will likely be disappointed.

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