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DVD Review - Hitler, The Rise Of Evil

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Hitler - The Rise Of Evil

I love a good documentary and even more a well made docudrama especially if it’s based on a subject I find really interesting or on a person who has had a huge impact on the world. Without a doubt Hitler is one of those people who has had a huge impact on universal consciousness since the 1940’s. A high production value TV mini series about his early life was something that was guaranteed to be good.

“Hitler: The Rise of Evil is a TV mini series that explores Adolf Hitler's rise and his early consolidation of power during the years after World War I and focuses on how the embittered, politically fragmented and economically buffeted state of German society following the war made that ascent possible. The film also focuses on Ernst Hanfstaengl's influence on Hitler's rise to power. The film's subplot follows the struggles of Fritz Gerlich, a German journalist who opposes the rising National Socialist German Workers Party. He is portrayed as to fulfill the essence of the quotation attributed to Edmund Burke, which is displayed at the beginning and at the end of the film: ‘The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing’.”

Because I watched this on DVD it never really felt like a mini series and instead was just a 3 hour long movie. With a stellar cast and very high production values they pulled off a very slick production. Robert Carlyle played the role of Hitler and did such a great job capturing his mannerisms and the power of the man that I can’t imagine anyone else playing this character. The movie sometimes moved away from the true facts of his life story but it never felt like it took too many liberties.

7.5 out of 10 from me. 

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