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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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1 December 1998 | by (Missouri) – See all my reviews

What a fascinating, disturbing view of former world leaders.

The audience was spellbound. The graphics wonderful, editing perfect, professional all the way around.

The most powerful movie I saw at Sundance.


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