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Undergångens arkitektur (1989)

Not Rated | | Documentary, History | 13 October 1989 (Sweden)
An absorbing and chilling documentary about the National Socialist aesthetic, and how attempts to create the Aryan Ideal caused the extermination of millions. Aspects covered include: ... See full summary »

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Peter Cohen

Writer:

Peter Cohen
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Credited cast:
Rolf Arsenius Rolf Arsenius ... Narrator (original version) (voice)
Bruno Ganz ... Narrator (German, subtitled English versions) (voice)
Sam Gray Sam Gray ... Narrator (dubbed English version)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Martin Bormann Martin Bormann ... Himself (archive footage)
Karl Brandt Karl Brandt ... Himself (archive footage) (as Dr. Karl Brandt)
Arno Breker Arno Breker ... Himself (archive footage)
Hermann Giesler Hermann Giesler ... Himself (archive footage)
Joseph Goebbels ... Himself (archive footage) (as Josef Goebbels)
Heinrich Himmler ... Himself (archive footage)
Adolf Hitler ... Himself (archive footage)
Wilhelm Keitel Wilhelm Keitel ... Himself (archive footage)
Viktor Lutze Viktor Lutze ... Himself (archive footage)
Jeanne Moreau ... Narrator (French version) (voice)
Alfred Rosenberg ... Himself (archive footage)
Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt ... Himself (archive footage)
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An absorbing and chilling documentary about the National Socialist aesthetic, and how attempts to create the Aryan Ideal caused the extermination of millions. Aspects covered include: Hitler's epiphany while viewing Wagner's opera 'Rienzi', the rise of the homo-erotic Grecian/Nordic ideal, the parallels drawn between the 'degenerate' art of the cubists and dadaists and the mentally ill/physically deformed, the Nazi obsession with purity and cleanliness, and, finally, the descent of the Jewish people to the level of a virus/vermin. Written by Dawn M. Barclift

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Skönhetskult och barbari i Tredje Riket


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Sweden

Language:

Swedish

Release Date:

13 October 1989 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

The Architecture of Doom See more »

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Dolby

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1.37 : 1
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While researching this film in Germany, 'Cohen, Peter' stumbled upon an obscure industrial documentary about various methods of vermin control for factory use. This short, entitled "Kleinkrieg" (or "Little War"), proved invaluable as it was the first to advocate the use of Zyklon-B as an effective means of mass extermination. See more »

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Features Der ewige Jude (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

Rienzi (excerpt)
Music by Richard Wagner
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Very deep, fairly narrow, extremely good.
11 September 2003 | by OneSentenceSee all my reviews

One of the best documentaries i have ever seen. The disecting of nazism and especially Hitlers various obsession of race, purity, strength, the german people and the ideas and architecture behind it all is nothing but brilliant.

So many excellent photos and films and so well "framed" through the music and the narrator that i cant even begin to describe the feeling you will get from seeing this masterpiece!

Just take my word for it - if you are historically interrested into nazism and its background you have to make time for this one here.


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