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30 October 1998 (Sweden) See more »
Rashygien, eugenik och drömmen om en ny människa
Homo Sapiens 1900 is a stunning exploration of the history of eugenics, race hygiene and the quest to improve the human race. Emerging at the turn of the century, eugenic movements spawned government sanctioned research projects | Add synopsis »
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A documentary pretty much ruined by incredibly dull narration and lousy production values. See more (5 total) »


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Jan Holmquist ... Narrator (voice)
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Stephen Rappaport ... Narrator (uncredited)

Directed by
Peter Cohen 
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Peter Cohen  writer

Produced by
Peter Cohen .... producer
Original Music by
Matti Bye 
Cinematography by
Mats Lund 
Peter Östlund 
Film Editing by
Peter Cohen 
Sound Department
Lars Heleander .... sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Börje Sundberg .... lighting technician
Editorial Department
Marianne Andersson .... negative cutter
Other crew
Daniel Alexandrov .... researcher consultant
Peter Cohen .... research
Ursula Grell .... researcher consultant
Ulf Schmidt .... assistant researcher

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88 min
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A documentary pretty much ruined by incredibly dull narration and lousy production values., 23 June 2014
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

This film is about the history of the eugenics movement. This was an organized effort by doctors, social scientists and the government to control who breeds and who doesn't in order to strengthen the herd,...I mean 'human race'. Not surprisingly, various prejudices and hatreds were used in forming these ideals--so that THOSE sort of people don't continue breeding like rats! The ideals sound reasonable...if you're breeding dogs or snakes! I was eager to see "Homo Sapiens 1900". Yet, the film turned out to be terribly made--even though the subject matter is compelling. Much of it is because of the insipid narration--dull, without much feeling and stilted. Additionally, while I liked all the vintage footage, having folks TODAY talking about the eugenics movement and discussing their feelings would have made the film lots better. But with your only companion being the very dull narrator, good luck staying awake with this one!

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