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Moloch (1999)

Molokh (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 13 October 1999 (France)
In 1942, in Bavaria, Eva Braun is alone, when Adolf Hitler arrives with Dr. Josef Goebbels and his wife Magda Goebbels and Martin Bormann to spend a couple of days without talking politics.

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Aleksandr Sokurov
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Cast

Credited cast:
Elena Rufanova Elena Rufanova ... Eva Braun
Leonid Mozgovoy Leonid Mozgovoy ... Adolf Hitler
Irina Sokolova ... Dr. Josef Goebbels (as Leonid Sokol)
Yelena Spiridonova Yelena Spiridonova ... Magda Goebbels
Vladimir Bogdanov Vladimir Bogdanov ... Martin Bormann
Anatoliy Shvederskiy ... Priest
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Franco Moscon Franco Moscon ... Nazi Officer
Natalya Nikulenko Natalya Nikulenko
Rosina Tsidulko
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Storyline

In 1942, in Bavaria, Eva Braun is alone, when Adolf Hitler arrives with Dr. Josef Goebbels and his wife Magda Goebbels and Martin Bormann to spend a couple of days without talking politics.

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Drama

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Country:

Russia | Germany | Japan | Italy | France

Language:

German

Release Date:

13 October 1999 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Moloch See more »

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Arte,Fabrica,Fusion Product See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Directed by Russian filmmaker Aleksandr Sokurov, the film is the first in Sokurov's tetralogy of power. It was succeeded by Taurus (2001), about V.I. Lenin, Solntse (2005), involving Japanese emperor Hirohito, and Faust (2011), based on the old German legend Faust. For production, Aleksandr Sokurov employed Russian actors from Saint Petersburg to shoot the film, but their voices were later dubbed by German theater actors from Berlin. See more »

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Pretty interesting
6 January 2003 | by taylor9885See all my reviews

Yes, it would be easy to criticize Molokh for being slow, and for having Russian actors mouthing German words that aren't natural to them, but I found this film to be fascinating through most of its length (and if Tarkovsky had made it, it would have been TWICE as long).

What we see is Hitler and his inner circle being jovial and vicious by turns, along with loopy discussions of racial characteristics (Czech men have droopy mustaches, indicating moral turpitude; the Finns are rendered mentally unfit owing to cold weather, etc.) There is a lot of backstabbing going on between Bormann and Goebbels; pity that Goering isn't in the film--we would have benefitted even more from his cynicism. All of this has the ring of truth--I recently read Speer's memoirs, Inside the Third Reich, which has detailed accounts of these lunch and dinner talk-fests.

Yelena Rufanova is not convincing as Eva Braun--too slavic looking--but Leonid Mozgovoy with his dumpy body is great as Hitler. The hypochondria, the refusal of middle-class pleasures--no slippers!--the insane political musings: it's all here. Leonid Sokol is Goebbels, absolutely. The rat face on a dwarf's body, the desperate ridicule of Bormann whom he knows is cutting him down: this is fine acting.

Sokurov adopts Leni Riefenstahl's style to tell a Wagnerian story of grandeur and collapse.


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