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A spellbinding documentary about the life of the worlds most notorious dictator,
on 26 February 2008
Written by esteemed German scholar and historian Joachim C Fest, Hitler: A Career (Hitler - eine Karriere) is a mesmerizing look at the rise and fall of Adolph Hitler, as well as the complicity of the German people who catapulted him into power. Cleanly and thoughtfully constructed, Hitler: A Career relentlessly hammers home Fest's theory that Hitler gave the defeated, humiliated German nation exactly what they wanted in the early thirties, through a calculated shell game involving phony Germanic folklore and a soothing balm of violence and order to appease the middle classes fear of modernism. Fest's narration, read by Brit Stephen Murray, eschews a scholarly drone to appeal directly to the viewer's emotions. It's a spellbinding documentary, mainly in black and white but with some astonishing colour footage towards the beginning. I would highly, highly recommend Hitler: A Career.