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Blind Spot: Hitler's Secretary (2002)



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

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In 1942, 21-year-old Traudl Junge, looking for work, found a job as a personal secretary to a prominent political figure. That figure was Adolf Hitler, and until the collapse of the Third Reich in 1945, Junge worked by Hitler's side at his home, his office, and in the field; she even was on hand to take dictation as Hitler prepared his last will and testament just days before his death. Junge remained silent about her years with the Nazi overlord until filmmaker Andre Heller persuaded her to share her story with the world. Blind Spot: Hitler's Secretary records Junge as she wrestles with her recollections of Adolf Hitler, confronting her anger and remorse over serving a man she now sees as evil, and dredging up memories which have faded with the passage of time. As fate would have it, Junge died only a few hours after Blind Spot received its premier at the Berlin Film Festival in February, 2002.
PG (for thematic material)
Art House & International , Documentary , Special Interest
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Critic Reviews for Blind Spot: Hitler's Secretary

All Critics (82) | Top Critics (30)

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
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 16, 2003
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.

Full Review… | April 17, 2003
Dallas Morning News
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Audience Reviews for Blind Spot: Hitler's Secretary


Or The One Where Hitler's Secretary... Wait, Does The Cast List On Flixster Include James Franco... That Has To Be A Mistake, Right? For a film with absolutely nothing else except for text, subtitles, and an interview, Blind Spot is quite engaging. It's probably due to the fascinating subject material, and the ability of Traudl Junge to tell her story. Throughout the film you get the sense that Junge is struggling to tell her story in a way that doesn't victimize her, but also doesn't villify her. But she need not worry, because directors Andre Heller and Othmar Schmiderer do a fantastic job of revealing the facts of the story in a fashion that characterizes Junge as a woman who got in over her head. It's a strange thing to watch a movie where Hitler isn't simply treated as a demon. In fact, Junge almost seemed to hold a form of admiration for him. Obviously she saw him as a monster, but at the same time, she knew the man as well. And at some point in her life, I think she enjoyed the friendship of this man. Thankfully, Junge's story is fascinating enough to keep us interested in what is otherwise a rather dull film. I appreciate the idea of a minimalist approach here, but I think some visuals added to the interview might have helped. Sure, there didn't need to be a lot of context to set it up, but something might have helped. I often found myself slipping in and out of focus, but overall Junge's story will pull you back in even when the filmmakers can't.

Nathan Martin
Nathan Martin

Maybe not the best documentary ever. There could have been pictures or something.... the story was very interesting, as was Truadl's personality. Very tragic: before she died she said, "I'm starting to forgive myself"

Ben Barker
Ben Barker

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.

Stephen M
Stephen M

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