Friday, September 17, 2004

The Downfall - a new German film

It was predicted to last for 1000 years. But crumbling down it came like a flimsy deck of cards. A recent review I'd posted for a German film called: DER UNTERGANG (The Downfall).


At 10:59 am, Blogger Simon said...

Just letting you know that your review has been pushed down the page now. Sounds like a fascinating movie, about a gruesomely fascinating man and regime.

Having read the "Hitler and Churchill: Secrets of Leadership" book earlier this year, I wondered, why is it that we are fascinated by horrific dictators like Hitler?

Perhaps it's just me, but I'm frightened by the amazing power Hitler and his cronies held over the German people. Not the military power, but the PR power. Looking back from the comfortable Western world of 2004, we see a sudden rise to power and, almost simultaneously, hatred and massacre of the Jews.

But it didn't happen overnight, and the Germans also had a whole bunch of problems to contend with in everyday life. While laying blame is never very helpful, the suggestion that blame could - and should - be laid at the feet of the Jews (and the gypsies, and intellectuals, and homosexuals) must have seemed like a breath of fresh air.

Horrific, really. And at the same time, fascinating. That's why we keep writing books and making movies about that time period - so we will never forget, and hopefully learn what kind of leaders to watch out for.


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