The Hitler Chronicles [4 Discs] [DVD]

This extensive documentary release offers a collection of four hard hitting documentaries about the most infamous villain of the 20th century: Adolph Hitler. Through archival footage, in-depth historical analysis, and interviews with historians and scholars, the inner workings of the dictator are brought to light, exploring both his inner psychology, and his outward interaction with the nation he would rule with an iron fist.
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Overview

Special Features

  • Director Biography
  • WWII Film Gallery

Synopsis

Dear Uncle Adolf: The Germans and Their Führer
Director Michael Kloft reveals the history of the Third Reich, as told through the letters that the people of Germany sent to their führer, Adolph Hitler. Recently unearthed from a clandestine Russian archive, the incredible cache of over 100,000 handwritten letters conveys the hopes, dreams, and admiration of everyday Germans to their charismatic leader - along with the occasional voice of dissent. Though listening to the words of the people in such a crucial moment in world history, we get a sweeping picture of the mood of the day, and the many ways in which Germany changed from the time Hitler seized power, to the moment his regime came crashing down. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Hitler, eine Karriere
This documentary of the life and times of Adolf Hitler includes much previously unseen close-up film footage. In a calm and distant manner, it tells the story of his rise and fall, allowing the images to tell their own story. Particularly interesting are the discernible changes visible in Hitler's body language: as a younger man, his movements are tentative and a little over-quick; in mid-career, he radiates confidence; and towards the end, the certainty of defeat restores a native hesitation to his movements. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi

The Architecture of Doom
Based on the interesting theory that the Third Reich was merely an expression of its architects' desire to create, Peter Cohen has written, directed, produced and edited this compilation documentary. Many of Hitler's top guns were not only well educated but had creative bents - Hitler was a frustrated watercolorist, Goebbels had an unpublished novel and play to his credit and von Sitach was a poet. It is the contention in this "documentary" that the creative urges of these men are what drove them to try to reshape their entire environment into their own unique vision of a perfect society - helping to design everything from the clothing worn to the houses built, and molding even the surviving humans into their own monocular vision of mankind by labeling anything different than the Aryan mold as diseased and degenerate. A unique postulate as to the origins of the Nazi movement, Cohen fails to account for the fact that there were numerous antecedents when Hitler was young who were equally racist and bigoted and their politics can be easily seen in Hitler's own molding and shaping into the monster he became. However, the notion that for Hitler and his group aesthetic considerations often outweighed the mundane and pragmatic is borne out by much of the evidence presented in this documentary, making it worthwhile as a historical perspective from a slightly different angle than usually seen when discussing the rise of the Third Reich. ~ Tana Hobart, Rovi

Geheime Reichssache
This documentary chronicles the assassination attempt made on Adolph Hitler on July 20, 1944 and the subsequent trial of the conspirators. Film footage is used to lay the foundation for the failed conspiracy that perpetrators hoped would bring an end to the war fueled by Nazi propaganda. Scenes of adoring crowds cheering for Hitler are included to remind the viewer that those who resisted his evil machinations were in only a small minority of military officers among the Nazi faithful. ~ Dan Pavlides, Rovi

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