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Black Fox: The True Story of Adolf Hitler (1962)

The rise and fall of Nazi Germany in part through the use of classical allegory.


Louis Clyde Stoumen, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (story "Reynard The Fox")
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Marlene Dietrich ... Narrator (voice)


Louis Clyde Stoumen's Oscar-winning documentary feature combines World War II newsreel footage with an adaptation of the European folk tale Reynard the Fox, illustrated by old-fashioned woodcuts. The narration by actress Marlene Dietrich draws parallels between the rise and fall of Adolf Hitler and the cunning, treacherous trickster figure of the fable. The film also includes graphic footage taken during and after the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps. Written by Jwelch5742

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English | German

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1962 (USA) See more »

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The Black Fox See more »

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God. Man. Reality. And Dietrich's Horrible Narration
23 March 2017 | by Dalbert PringleSee all my reviews

Yes. Indeed. This Nazi/WW2 history-documentary from 1962 certainly had its fair share of good points, as well as its decidedly bad points, too.

Topping the list of its most detrimental deficits of all was having to endure listening to Hollywood, glamour queen, Marlene Dietrich do the voice-over narration.

Delivering her "spiel" in a strictly "phone-in" fashion - Dietrich had a really annoying habit of pronouncing her r's as if they were w's. For example - She pronounced the word "brave" as "bwave", and "great" as "gweat".

As you can well-imagine - Listening to Dietrich ramble on this way with her extra-thick, German accent quickly began to grate on my nerves like you wouldn't believe.

Had this history-documentary offered the viewer the option for subtitles (which it didn't), then, yes, I could have easily turned a total deaf-ear to that doofus Dietrich (who came across to me sounding like a female Elmer Fudd).

Anyway - On the positive side - This documentary certainly did contain some really excellent, vintage, newsreel footage that made it a worthwhile program to watch, in the long run.

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