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Hitler, ein Film aus Deutschland (1977)

Director Hans-Jurgen Syberberg examines the rise and fall of the Third Reich in this brooding seven-hour masterpiece, which incorporates puppetry, rear-screen projection, and a Wagnerian ... See full summary »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Heinz Schubert ... Zirkusdirektor / Heinrich Himmler / Himmler-Puppenspieler / Adolf Hitler
Peter Kern Peter Kern ... Mörder aus 'M' / Göring-Puppenspieler / Alter Ellerkamp / SS-Mann / Fremdenverkehrsdirektor
Hellmut Lange Hellmut Lange ... Hitlers Kammerdiener / Goebbels-Puppenspieler / SS-Mann
Rainer von Artenfels Rainer von Artenfels ... Jahrmarkt-Ausrufer / Hitler-Puppenspieler / Junger Goebbels / Schüler des Kosmologen / SS-Mann
Martin Sperr Martin Sperr ... Himmlers Masseur / Fitzliputzli / Bürgermeister
Peter Moland Peter Moland ... Astrologe / Speer-Puppenspieler / SS-Mann
Johannes Buzalski ... Hitler als Anstreicher / Eva Braun-Puppenspieler / Mann der Gesellschaft 1923
Alfred Edel Alfred Edel ... Stimmen der Leute / Mann der Geschichte 1923
Amelie Syberberg Amelie Syberberg ... Das kleine Mädchen
Harry Baer ... Himself / Junger Ellerkamp
Peter Lühr Peter Lühr ... Wissenschaftler / Kosmologe
André Heller ... Narrator / Himself
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Director Hans-Jurgen Syberberg examines the rise and fall of the Third Reich in this brooding seven-hour masterpiece, which incorporates puppetry, rear-screen projection, and a Wagnerian score into a singular epic vision. Syberberg, who grew up under Nazi tyranny, ruminates on good and evil and the rest of humanity's complicity in the horrors of the holocaust. Written by dfwforeignbuff

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Release Date:

7 June 1978 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Hitler - Um Filme da Alemanha See more »

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Budget:

DEM 1,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

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Black and White (archive footage)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Final part of Hans-Jürgen Syberberg's trilogy on German history, also including Ludwig - Requiem for a Virgin King (1972) and Karl May (1974). See more »

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References To Be or Not to Be (1942) See more »

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Should have been a book.
24 December 2012 | by billcurry-1See all my reviews

Most of this movie consists of people addressing the camera, while surrounded by ugly puppets and other pieces of junk. I'm astounded by the positive reviews. I'm left with only a slightly better knowledge as to why many Germans followed Hitler. This film would have made a much better book, with footnotes, citations of sources, and suggestions for further reading. But perhaps that was impossible. As I believe George Harrison once said, "Avant-garde means haven't got a clue." What is the difference between someone talking to you while he sits next to a candelabra and your reading what he has to say in a book? The same goes for speakers with old war film clips as background. I suppose one could argue that watching this film is a more visceral experience than reading a book on the same subject. However, this argument is undercut if the visceral experience is nausea.


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