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Human Remains (1998)

Film clips of the 20th century's great dictators with narration in first person combine to form a fascinating portrait of power and evil.

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Jay Rosenblatt

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Jay Rosenblatt
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Credited cast:
Eva Braun ... Herself (archive footage)
Francisco Franco ... Himself (archive footage)
Adolf Hitler ... Himself (archive footage)
V.I. Lenin ... Himself (archive footage)
Zedong Mao Zedong Mao ... Himself (archive footage)
Benito Mussolini ... Himself (archive footage)
Joseph Stalin ... Himself (archive footage)
Leon Trotsky ... Himself (archive footage)
Paul von Hindenburg Paul von Hindenburg ... Himself (archive footage)
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We see a gravedigger's shovel at work. Then, we watch archival footage that, for the most part, is up close and personal scenes of Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Franco, and Mao. In the background, a voice in German, Italian, Russian, Spanish, and Chinese speaks in the first person, narrating an autobiography; another voice gives a simultaneous translation in English. Often we see them with children or young women. They are braggarts. The editing is droll; the words and images combine to satiric effect. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Country:

USA

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January 1998 (USA) See more »

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Its very good but... It ain't that good.
11 November 2013 | by skillrobSee all my reviews

I searched and searched for this short for years after first catching part of it on IFC way back before IFC started showing commercials. It may be the single greatest short film ever made IMHO. It is part drama part documentary. The drama comes in the form of the narrators (voice actors) who speak using accents that fit each character. A German accent for Hitler, Asian for Mao Zedong and so on. They each tell intimate details about themselves speaking in the first person perspective, while a single musical note adds to the darkness while we listen to what sounds very much like the random and mundane musings that take place in the minds of these madmen.

I finally found the short. It is for sale and rent but it's simply not a fair price for a 30 minute piece... again IMHO. See for yourself.

http://www.jayrosenblattfilms.com/human_remains.php


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