Blind Spot: Hitler's Secretary (2002)
|Rating:||PG (for thematic material)|
|Genre:||Documentary, Art House & International, Special Interest|
|Directed By:||André Heller, Othmar Schmiderer, Traudl Junge|
|Written By:||André Heller, Othmar Schmiderer|
|In Theaters:||Oct 10, 2002 Wide|
|On DVD:||Oct 28, 2003|
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Critic Reviews for Blind Spot: Hitler's Secretary
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?
Both a documentary and, for all intents and purposes, the last testament of a generation's tragic folly.
Both mesmerizing and disquieting.
A footnote in the troubled history of the world. A footnote, yes, but a fascinating one.
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.
A fabulous documentary. A very unique perspective on one of the most detestable individuals in history.
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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.
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