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Hitlers Hitparade

Hitlers Hitparade (2005)

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Average Rating: 7/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 1

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Adolf Hitler and the men who helped him engineer the Third Reich had a keen insight into the power of propaganda, and their embrace of it didn't stop with public rallies and political speeches. The influence of Nazi philosophy was introduced into all aspects of German culture, from popular music to movie musicals to animated cartoons. Hitler's Hit Parade is a disquieting documentary assembled from vintage German film clips, newsreels, home movies, and recordings which offer a look at German pop

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All Critics (13) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (2) | DVD (1)

While never fully fleshing out its thesis linking the mythology of popular culture with the false ideals propagated by the regime, it does offer an evocative portrait of a country fiddling while it, and much of the world, burns.

January 13, 2005
Hollywood Reporter
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Rare film-clips of what passed for Nazi normality do not materialize every day, and pic is decidedly worth a look-see.

January 5, 2005 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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This German documentary gathers some of the products of the German culture industry from the 1930's and 40's into a monstrous and fascinating collage.

January 5, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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If not as informative as it could be, Hitler's Hit Parade remains truly disturbing, as we see an entire cultured population led astray by bread and circuses and popular nonsense.

January 5, 2005 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
Newark Star-Ledger
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With no intertitles, narration or timeline, Hitler's Hit Parade is more art film than documentary; it's a mistaken strategy.

January 5, 2005 Full Review Source: Newsday
Newsday
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The flow of images has a terrible inexorability. Watching this movie is like watching people pirouette gaily off a cliff.

January 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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Takes its chances on the viewer just 'getting it,' through the visual and musical cues threaded together - Hitler, war and death camp images intertwined with cheery chorus lines and ecstatic celeb crooners.

May 28, 2007 Full Review
Long Island Press

Never has kitsch seemed so creepy.

January 7, 2005 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Nazi kitsch has parallels with red state values

January 7, 2005 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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It's a neverending springtime for Hitler and Germany in this ironic and mesmerizing 76-minute distillation of the self-delusion of an entire nation.

January 7, 2005 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

Ordinary Germans whiled away their leisure hours with sentimentalism and nostalgia even as their government committed one atrocity after another.

January 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

Worth a look despite its lack of instructive chronology or authorship.

January 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Compuserve
Compuserve

This documentary offers the real Springtime for Hitler.

January 5, 2005 Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com
Film-Forward.com

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