The Black Fox (1963)

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This American film documentary uses some never before seen footage of Adolph Hitler. The rise to power by Hitler is chronicled with historical accuracy and draws on Teutonic myths to explain the country's mind set that led to his fatal vision and the blind devotion of the German people. Although never receiving more than 30% of the popular vote, his meteoric rise to power comes in the wake of economic depression in a country still embittered over the country's defeat in World War I. Expatriate Marlene Dietrich adds the narration and the benefit of her personal experience in Germany before the terrible culmination of events in World War II. The film echoes the statement that mankind must first understand the lesson of history before the debate over nuclear weapons can be fully understood and properly examined.

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Marlene Dietrich narrates this documentary about the rise of Hitler and the Third Reich, comparing Hitler's ascension to a fable about a fox. If Hotel Terminus explodes the Nazis and WWII into all its complexities, this film does the polar opposite, reducing political rises to sophomoric fairy tales. It's a metaphor that gets tired after ten minutes but stretches for interminable an hour and a half. Overall, while Hotel Terminus may have been overkill in its rendering of WWII's complexities, this is overkill in simplicity, which is a far greater crime.

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