Hitler's Hit Parade

2004, Documentary, 1h 16m

13 Reviews Fewer than 50 Ratings

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This documentary presents viewers with a montage of German pop culture produced during the Nazi regime and shows the face of pure evil to have been surprisingly bland. As upbeat tunes about romantic love and heartache are juxtaposed with images of idyllic family units and postcard-perfect landscapes, the point that the filmmakers seem to be making is that the vanilla side of Nazi propaganda helped make the more sinister happenings -- genocide, war machinery -- easier to accept or to ignore.

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  • 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
  • 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…
  • 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 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • With no intertitles, narration or timeline, Hitler's Hit Parade is more art film than documentary; it's a mistaken strategy.

    January 5, 2005 | Rating: 2/4
  • The flow of images has a terrible inexorability. Watching this movie is like watching people pirouette gaily off a cliff.

    January 4, 2005
  • 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
  • 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…
  • 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 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • 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
  • Never has kitsch seemed so creepy.

    January 7, 2005 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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