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Moloch [2004] [DVD]

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  • Actors: Leonid Mozgovy, Yelena Rufanova, Leonid Sokol, Yelena Spiridonova, Vladimir Bogdanov
  • Directors: Aleksandr Sokurov
  • Producers: Thomas Kufus, Viktor Sergeyev
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Soda Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 28 May 2007
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MR9F8Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 117,727 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Extras: - The Making of Moloch -Interview with the director.

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the two comments above obviously show little understanding of this masterpiece. Historically accurate, and a major artistic achievement. No, you won't find any action in this one, but you will get to experience the perception of time that makes Sokurov so unique.
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By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Oct. 2013
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Slow ponderous and rolling - the film takes a day out of Adolf's life as he lords it in the loft of his eyrie at Bertschesgaden. The main thrust of the unfurling drama is his relationship with Eva Braun and how she is able to have some power over him. Following the dynamics of the relationship we descend into a form of everyday comedy as she gets him to dance on top of the mountain (think of your most stuffy Aunt trying to get down with the kids to comprehend what takes place) and ridicules his power posturing. For this alone it is worth watching as Hitler lets his hair down in rare minutes with her. Together they behave as two kids running around the desks in trying to play catch.

Sentimental to the point of collapse over his mother's picture, without a shred of empathy when asked to save a specific soldier, everyone scraping in sycophantic prostrations before him, this film details a picture of "ironic distance." It takes away all the newsreels of the maniacal manipulator of crowds to detail the Chaplin distortion is nearer the mark than the picture of the devil.

Sokurov has deconstructed the whole mystique in one powerful punch. Watch and giggle.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Banality and Foolishness of Evil 21 Mar. 2005
By Lee Wind - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Can any history or biography give us a true sense of what Hitler was like as human being (assuming he was ever deserving of that appelation) when unoccupied by war and conquest?. There have been many recent film attempts at this and one cannot imagine that any of them, or for that matter any future film could possibly capture the truth behind the evil that was the man. Moloch, directed by the Russian Aleksandr Sokurov, is but one colored view of the private Hitler as he cavorts for a couple days at his Bavarian mountaintop fortress with his companion Eva Braun and house guests Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Goebbels, (the former the Nazi propaganda minister) and Nazi party idelogist Martin Boormann. Hitler is seen and heard waxing inane, falling asleep during lunch, defecating on a mountaintop, daydreaming, ranting and making love. Very little of the film concerns Hitler's thoughts on anything particularly serious and perhaps that may be precisely the point: very little of importance occupied Der Fuhrer's gray matter other than excuses to reign tyrannical both personally (as displayed in every character's nervous bootlicking) and politically. Like a man on vacation, Hitler is free to think about everything and nothing and cannot seem to choose but for the latter, his few pronouncements and non sequiturs failing to impress even those closest to him, though of course, meeting with their fawning approval. At the film's conclusion, Eva Braun manages to get in a few words to him as he is about to return to the real world of war, his demeanor suddenly focused. Commenting on a statement he had made to Goebbels about conquering death, she reminds him that even he cannot do that. This echoes prior scenes where Hitler, sarcastically criticizes his carnivorous guests preference for 'corpse soup' (he was of course a vegetarian). Despite this portrayal of a life affirming Hitler seemingly so obsessed with life and nature, it is clear that nothing that transpired among the group during those few days in thought or deed was particularly life enhancing. The film is fascinating portrayal that goes beyond evil as banal: it derides Hitler as but a clown and nothing more. One is left to wonder had anything in Hitler's ideology been of substance would he have prevailed.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good recreation of history 11 Mar. 2005
By DM - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
This movie (which received fairly good reviews at Cannes in 1999) capture a brief space time spent during the penultimate days of World War II by Adolf Hitler, Eva Braun, Josef Goebbels, Martin Boorman etc., in Berchtesgaden, the mountain retreat used by the Nazi elite. The film I saw was in Russian with French sub-titles, and portrays the dyamics between Hitler and his immediates. The film is visually impressive, the acting believable, the relationship between Hitler and Eva Braun almost sympathetic (despite a natural reluctance to use that word in the context of such characters). "Moloch" would be found slow-moving by many, but others would regard it as simply focusing on characters history still finds controversial and fascinating.One piece of dialogue has Hitler seemingly unaware of the Holocaust, which his anti-semitic policies initiated but whose mechanics remain unknown to him-at least so implies the character in this film.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Turning Hitler from abstraction into human through the alchemy of film 17 Feb. 2013
By Bryan Byrd - Published on Amazon.com
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MOLOCH is a short excerpt of the relationship between Eva Braun and Adolf Hitler taking place in 1942 at Hitler's Berghof residence. Directed by Russian filmmaker Aleksandr Sokurov, this is a portrait of Hilter that I know I've never seen before - that of an aging, isolated man who has long ago lost his mind - and also of Eva Braun, as a young, dynamic woman, also isolated, also slightly mad herself. Joining Hitler at his mountain retreat are Martin Bormann, Joseph and Madga Goebbels, and a score of uniformed attendants, as well as Henry Picker, who was there to record Hitler's table talk. The group attend dinner, go on a picnic, and squabble amongst themselves as they jockey for position in Hitler's good graces; and the utter absurdity of THESE people acting in a recognizably human manner - even though it is silly and childish - is downright bizarre.

Although the film concerns actual figures from history, and does probably capture (though who can really know?) the essence of the dynamics of this group at this point in their trajectory, I think it is a mistake to look to this picture as historical drama, biographical, or as a docudrama. In a long but informative interview with the director (contained on the disc as one of the special features), Sukorov makes his case for the idea that, in general, history is not propelled by the great ideas and themes we of the future try to assign to it; rather it is driven by men and women who have very human, understandable fears and desires, and from the attempt to meet these simple human needs, great seismic movements can erupt.

Well, this is certainly risky, and possibly uncomfortable, fimmaking. Some would surely see the use of Hitler to illustrate our common human traits as at least inappropriate, if not impossible. To me, it is as if the historical Hitler is an abstraction - either a monster, or (to only a few, I hope) a great leader; and within the carnage and butchery and murder of the forces he represented, there is no room left to consider him as a human being. To be sure - his portrait in the film is not glorified or even favorable. It is as a debauched, insane man who has lost touch with reality - but still completely human. While I may not be able to fully understand Eva Braun's attraction to him, (and I've never been an expert on what draws a woman to certain men anyway), we do get a picture of two greatly flawed human beings, rather than two abstractions.

Although I have not seen a great deal of Russian films over the years, I can say that the artistic opaqueness of MOLOCH reminds me of Tarkovsky's SOLARIS. In both films there is almost no action, and the thematic goals of the directors are not discussed by the actors - although in both films the actors certainly do a lot of talking. Instead, it is as if the directors are attempting to evoke a sensation that is inexpressible except as a combination of visual and emotional stimuli.

Some will have patience for this kind of filmmaking and some won't. The film itself is linear, though it tells its story from odd perspectives - sometimes director Sokurov uses a lens that subtly distorts the picture, and at other times the pallette is gauzy and indistinct. I did like the film - the novelty of the proposition itself was thought-provoking, and the discussion with the filmmaker afterward also added another dimension to the film, even if he seemed a bit reticent to discuss meaning. The actors were also incredibly good - perhaps it helped that all the dialogue was in German, but I thought all concerned did a remarkable job. But there is a substantial investment that the viewer needs to make when watching a film like MOLOCH - it is not a passive experience. My biggest critique is that I thought the film went on too long for the point that it was making. Recommended for those viewers who appreciate artistic cinema, and while I wouldn't exactly call it avant-garde or experimental, its unique viewpoint makes it one-of-a-kind.

Extras include English subtitles, the interview with the director, and previews of other films in the Koch-Lorner library, and the film itself is presented in non-anamorphic widescreen (black bars on top, bottom, and sides for widescreen televisions, top and bottom for older sets).
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How to view this film 4 Feb. 2006
By M. stoakes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Moloch is a poetic study of power. It is not a portrait of Hitler in any sense - I can't understand the reviewer who said the acting was believable. It is a self contained work - a drama - that examines the relationship between an individual and, in this case a world of power, through the activities of one day. This is not a study of evil or madness as such but examines the collective delusion that contains all of us. It is also a kind of metaphor for the film making process rather like the film Man Bites Dog - director as dictator. It's profundity is that it doesn't try to be profound but exposes the inadequacy of our view of the world and how social relations distort that view. You don't look to Shakespeare for a true portrait of Richard III. Don't look to Moloch for a portrait of Hitler - rather view it as a mirror.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hitler on High 27 Feb. 2006
By R. J MOSS - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Sokurov has taken the C20th's Bad Seed, Adolf and made a study of a 24hour stanza at his infamous retreat during 1942, not a particularly bad year for him, I believe. It's a frollic at high altitude, with more than the rarified air contributing to Herr Hitler's mental state. The director's trademark feel for romantic, forboding landscape frames Hitler's campy manouvres and rantings. A picnic fiasco in rocky terrain is particularly disturbing. Rocks and soldiers, one apparently contemplating an assasination of Adolf, conspire to render a lunatic landscape. The rank and file seem less enthused by their emporer's new clothes. The dinner-table thoerizing about food fetishes and racial types are all meekly mirrored by an entourage of freaky, servile types that would best be confined to sideshow alley.
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