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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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Strangely compelling and chilling
14 April 2009 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is a very odd short documentary. It is broken into segments during which one of several dictators narrates about his life and thoughts and quirks. Of course they really didn't get Hitler, Mussolini, Mao and the rest to actually do the narration but the works are actually those they spoke during their sick lives. At times, these men sound very human and with various frailties but this is juxtaposed with their obsessions and quirks that are evidence that they are indeed twisted men. At the same time, however, their infamous deeds are not mentioned--mostly because this is already common knowledge. Some bizarre facts? Well, that Hitler was sexually obsessed with his young niece, Geli, as well as that Mao never bathed and didn't care at all that he spread VD to his many, many young sexual partners. While little of this was a surprise to me, as I am a history teacher, to most these oddities and hearing the thoughts of these freaks is strangely compelling and chilling. Well worth seeing.


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