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Life of Adolf Hitler (1961)
"Das Leben von Adolf Hitler" (original title)

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Carefully chronicling in great detail the early years of Hitler s life and the events that shaped him into the zealous leader of Germany. This documentary offers a critical insight into the... See full summary »

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Carefully chronicling in great detail the early years of Hitler s life and the events that shaped him into the zealous leader of Germany. This documentary offers a critical insight into the stealthy rise of the Nazi party and how it s racist vision of the world slowly took hold in a disillusioned Germany. Written by Anonymous

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a German take off of Hitlers autobiography
23 July 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was Walter Koppel,German film producers of many entertainment films of the late 50' and early 60's,own documentary of the dictator.This was directed by Paul Rotha, British documentary film maker and film journalist.He was the author of the now classic book on films,Rotha film till now. unlike a corporate film journalist and film historians ,he speaks in this book on both popular and obscure films and stars,while corporate film journalist only promote the studios Films and stars only and nothing out side.Like most documentaries about Hitler this tells the same stuff too and has all the footage,except for the scenes where victims are in the nude about to be shot or those who were about to be hanged. Later documentaries would reveal more.What Paul did not do is that when he should clips of Hitlers home movies ,he did not print them in color.Since this was for the theater he should have done that to show the audience that color film was used to document the dictatorship. another problem i.m.d.b made a boo boo.They claim that the narrator for the German version was Horst Fleck. Nope it was Marius goring with his German speaking British accent.Very funny sounding.But then actor like Horst Bucholz English was smooth as American speaking language. Informative and entertaining. This was probably the first documentary of Hitler for the German theatrical audience, I guess by 1961 they were willing to face their past. Leo Gen narrated the English Version.This German version had English titles in the beginning of the film. 07/23/12


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