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Blind Spot - Hitler's Secretary (2002)

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Average Rating: 7.3/10
Reviews Counted: 81
Fresh: 69 | Rotten: 12

The testimony of Junge is more than enough to make this bare-bones documentary fascinating.

97

Average Rating: 7.7/10
Critic Reviews: 30
Fresh: 29 | Rotten: 1

The testimony of Junge is more than enough to make this bare-bones documentary fascinating.

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Blind Spot: Hitler's Secretary is a feature-length interview with 81-year-old Austrian Traudl Junge, who served as Hitler's personal secretary from 1942 to 1945, when she was in her early twenties. She saw Hitler in his everyday life, right up until his final days, and she witnessed, firsthand, the collapse of the Nazi regime. After the war, Junge was "de-Nazified" by Allied forces as part of a program of amnesty for young people. She remained silent about her experiences for nearly 60 years,

Oct 28, 2003

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You almost feel as if Satan's personal assistant had decided to pull up a chair and tell all. Is it possible not to be interested?

August 22, 2003
Orlando Sentinel
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Both a documentary and, for all intents and purposes, the last testament of a generation's tragic folly.

May 28, 2003 Full Review Source: Newsday
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Both mesmerizing and disquieting.

May 16, 2003
Washington Post
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Isn't much of a movie, but it's a whale of a story.

May 16, 2003 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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A footnote in the troubled history of the world. A footnote, yes, but a fascinating one.

April 18, 2003
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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The film's legacy is a poignant reminder of how Hitler's shadow still looms.

April 17, 2003 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
Dallas Morning News
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A deceptively slender documentary that opens up enormous questions about guilt, forgiveness, and moral responsibility. It will stay with you.

May 5, 2010 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

The premise ... apparently so captivated SPOT's makers that they failed to notice the finished product's complete lack of insight.

April 5, 2004 Full Review Source: Mixed Reviews

It's not too often that one gets to have a conversation with someone who actually knew Adolf Hitler, let alone worked for the guy, but that's precisely what you'll find here.

February 22, 2004 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

The documentary feels like raw footage for a better film.

January 5, 2004 Full Review

Another testimony about the banality of evil.

November 26, 2003 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Junge's regret for her own malleability is overwhelming, and it is difficult not to feel compassion for her.

October 15, 2003 Full Review Source: About.com
About.com

Interesting and worth seeing, but more like a news show segment than what I consider a film.

June 14, 2003 Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal
Montreal Film Journal

Makes us wonder, in a very human sense, about the various blinders we all adopt to make our peace with life.

May 18, 2003 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

There were a number of ways Heller and Schmiderer could have made for a more enticing way to watch.

April 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

An absolutely essential document.

April 21, 2003 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

If Junge's first-hand recollections aren't always visually stimulating, they're still more illuminating than most cinematic re-creations of the era.

April 17, 2003 Full Review Source: New Times
New Times

[There's]a furtive look in her eyes, as though she still can't quite process that the man she worked for and found so charming was a mass murderer on a monumental scale.

April 13, 2003 Full Review Source: Killer Movie Reviews
Killer Movie Reviews

It's a moderately compelling historical record, but of far more interest as an artifact than a film.

April 11, 2003 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

If not for the subject matter, this static, unadorned documentary would be left to German public TV

April 9, 2003 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
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Audience Reviews for Blind Spot - Hitler's Secretary

The great strength of this movie is its simplicity, the very thing which seems to put a lot of people off. There's no melodramatically intercut archive footage or stirring musical crescendos to manipulate ones emotions; its just an old lady, who happened to be an unwitting eyewitness to epoch-making events, telling her story to the camera. I found it mesmerising and frequently chilling in its juxtaposition of banality and horror. For example, Traudl Junge tells of Hitler's fondness for his dog, Blondie, and his pride at the tricks she could perform, then later she describes how he killed the dog just to test the cyanide capsules with which he was planning to commit suicide. I found the ending, where a guilt-ridden Junge compares herself unfavourably with the executed pamphleteer Sophie Scholl, very moving indeed. This is a hugely important document and a fascinating companion piece to the marvellous "Downfall". Anybody who finds this film boring ought to be thoroughly ashamed of him/herself.
February 1, 2008
harrycaul

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A fabulous documentary. A very unique perspective on one of the most detestable individuals in history.
September 20, 2007
John Ballantine

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  • Blind Spot. Hitler's Secretary (Im toten Winkel - Hitlers Sekretärin) (UK)
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