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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 ... 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

Release Date:

January 1998 (USA) See more »

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A powerful look at the banality behind evil
2 April 2003 | by Jeremy RibakoveSee all my reviews

This short psuedodocumentary is worth the search. It takes 5 of the major dictators of the 20th century (Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Franco, Mao) and shows us glimpses of their daily personal lives. It captures the averageness in the lives of dictators, but is never boring. With a first-person narration, the subjects take on a familiar feel, which becomes even creepier when you realize how their everyday habits, gripes, and superstitions could lead to genocide.

A first-rate effort, from the research to the footage to the narration.


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