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BR: Triumph of the Will / Triumph des Willens (1935)

BR: Triumph of the Will / Triumph des Willens (1935)

February 5, 2016 | By

Perhaps the ultimate and scariest propaganda film ever made – and rightly so – Leni Riefenstahl’s self-professed ‘document’ of the 1934 Nazi Party Congress in Nuremberg was a meticulously plotted production designed from the ground-up to assault the senses of German audiences and make it clear Adolph Hitler was not only the country’s man in charge, but its self-appointed savior and visionary…

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BR: Day of Freedom / Tag der Freiheit (1935)

BR: Day of Freedom / Tag der Freiheit (1935)

February 5, 2016 | By

The peculiar background behind what seems like a generic short-form tribute to the Third Reich infantry stems from the Wehrmacht being peeved by receiving not only a paltry 2 mins. of screen time in Triumph of the Will (1934), but having to fight for that much of an allotment in what was the Nazi party’s definitive propaganda advert…

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Film: Victory of the Faith / Der Sieg der Glaubens (1933)

Film: Victory of the Faith / Der Sieg der Glaubens (1933)

February 5, 2016 | By

In 1933, Leni Riefenstahl made the move from dancer, actress, and fiction film director to documentaries, launching her new career as the Third Reich’s premiere propaganda filmmaker with her hour-long chronicle of the fifth NSDAP party rally, held in Nuremberg in 1933…

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Film: Nuremberg – Its Lessons for Today / Nuremberg / Nürnberg und seine Lehre (1948)

Film: Nuremberg – Its Lessons for Today / Nuremberg / Nürnberg und seine Lehre (1948)

February 4, 2016 | By

After the fall of Nazi Germany in 1945, one of the U.S. Government’s efforts to de-Nazify Germans was via film screenings, and Stuart Schulberg made his first and only effort as director with this documentary that assembled courtroom footage from the Nuremberg trials…

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BR: House of Bamboo (1955)

BR: House of Bamboo (1955)

January 22, 2016 | By

Although House of Bamboo is technically a remake of Harry Kleiner’s superb noir script The Street with No Name (1948), it’s really a re-imaging of the core story in which a government investigator infiltrates a gang to solve and put an end to a series of murders and robberies…

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DVD: Street with No Name, The (1948)

DVD: Street with No Name, The (1948)

January 22, 2016 | By

Not unlike House of Strangers (1949), The Street with No Name is a fellow noir that’s perhaps been overshadowed by its bigger, and in this case, crazier colour CinemaScope remake, Sam Fuller’s House of Bamboo (1955), but Harry Kleiner’s story and William Keighley’s direction managed to form a near-perfect 1948 thriller that’s more true crime than noir…

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DVD: Cry Vengeance (1954)

DVD: Cry Vengeance (1954)

January 22, 2016 | By

After working his way up to A-level pictures at Fox and peaking with The Street with No Name (1948) and The Snake Pit (1948), Mark Stevens slowly slid into B pictures again, eventually settling into TV with the occasional feature film – Fate is the Hunter (1964) being a rare A-level venture…

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BR: Stalingrad (2003)

BR: Stalingrad (2003)

January 16, 2016 | By

The story of the Nazis’ attempt to claim and flatten the city of Stalingrad and make its deepest foray into Soviet Russia had been chronicled in several dramatic films – notably in 1949 and 1993 – but this 2003 German 165 minute documentary series marked the first time survivors of the battle, which claimed 200,000 Germans and more than 500,000 Russian soldiers and civilians…

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DVD: Battle of Stalingrad, The / Stalingradskaya bitva / Die Stalingrader Schlacht (1949)

DVD: Battle of Stalingrad, The / Stalingradskaya bitva / Die Stalingrader Schlacht (1949)

January 16, 2016 | By

The Battle of Stalingrad was the first cinematic attempt to dramatize the pivotal 1942-1943 battle in which Adolph Hitler’s 6th Army and the 4th Panzer Army were surrounded (‘kesseled’) by Joseph Stalin’s Red Army, and what Adolph Hitler had naively and foolishly felt would be a winnable…

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BR: Absolute Beginners (1986)

BR: Absolute Beginners (1986)

January 15, 2016 | By

Based on the 1959 novel by Colin McInnes, Absolute Beginners ostensibly recounts the singular summer of a young adult as he graduates from amateur shutterbug to teen insider, snapping sharp and candid shots of the emerging teen culture …

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