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Hitler – A Career (1977/Documentary/First Run Features)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: C-     Documentary: B+



Though the title may seem offensive off hand, the true intent of the Joachim Fest/Christian Herrendoefer documentary Hitler – A Career (1977) is to show how after several tries at success and years of feeling rejected and outcast, Adolf Hitler took what was at first a legitimate political road to power only to consolidate it, create calculated frenzy and try to literally take over the world no matter who he killed.


The 2.5 hour chronological trek uses archive footage not seen often and among the endless parade of such programming is an enduring standout in its painstaking portrait of everything that happened that it makes many anti-Hitler works since seem incomplete.  Fortunately, the footage is also accompanied by outstanding narration that constantly shows Hitler as the coward and cold calculator he was and digs up rare archival stills of his early days in the shadows before he pout the world under one.  Between political correctness and certain Right Wing forces afraid of The Nazi Analog affecting them, it is refreshingly honest and highly accurate in its grossly under seen deconstruction of both Hitler and how he obtain power through the politics of fear.


An anti-Fascist classic, it has been missing from public access far to long.  First Run could not issue this one fast enough and it is easily one of the top classic documentary DVD releases of the last few years.  It will also hopefully create new interest for the amazing recent (2004) film version of writer Fest’s book Downfall, where Bruno Ganz played Hitler in his last days to chilling effect.


The 1.33 X 1 image is a mix of all kinds of color and monochrome footage, but despite a slightly older transfer, looks pretty good for its age.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono has clear British narration by Stephen Murray and the original German is more than in tact.  The combination is more than compelling enough for the length of the film.  Extras are few, but include a few stills and a series of related DVD releases from First Run all covering the subject, most of which are also reviewed on this site.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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