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Human Remains (1998)

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Film clips of the 20th century's great dictators with narration in first person combine to form a fascinating portrait of power and evil.

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We see a gravedigger's shovel at work. Then, we watch archival footage that, for the most part, is up close and personal scenes of Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Franco, and Mao. In the background, a voice in German, Italian, Russian, Spanish, and Chinese speaks in the first person, narrating an autobiography; another voice gives a simultaneous translation in English. Often we see them with children or young women. They are braggarts. The editing is droll; the words and images combine to satiric effect. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Morbidly fascinating
2 September 2002 | by (Texas) – See all my reviews

I caught this short on IFC and was riveted! The first-person approach made the film at once interesting and disturbing. These men almost seemed "human", and it was hard to distance their private lives from the personas we know from history.

Though not a short-documentary fan, I am very glad I caught this gem.


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