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Swastika/The Double Headed Eagle

Synopsis
SWASTIKA (Becker and Mora, 1973) met with a tumultuous reception at Cannes in 1973, and was subsequently banned in Germany until 2010, when it was acknowledged for its significant contribution to understanding Hitler and Nazism; as stated in its opening credits, "If Hitler is dehumanized and shown only as a devil, any future Hitler may not be recognized, simply because he is a human being." Philippe Mora uses colour home movie footage shot by Eva Braun to present the private life of Adolf Hitler. This footage is culled together by Philippe Mora to form an in-depth autobiography of Hitler’s rise and fall, following his life from the rise of the Nazi state to the end of World War II.

THE DOUBLE HEADED EAGLE (Becker, 1974) charts the rise to power of Hitler and the Nazis from 1918 to Hitler’s election as Chancellor in 1933 and consists of a series of images with no accompanying narration. Set out in chapters, each concerned with a different year, beginning in 1933, at the end of the Weimar and the start of Hitler’s rule and his first speech as Chancellor to the German people in the Berlin Sports Palace. Includes footage from 1926 showing convoys of young Nazis travelling through the forests of Bavaria and the Nuremberg rally of 1927.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2013
Subjects
History
Keywords
Hitler, Adolf; home movies; Nazi Germany; World War II

Credits

Director
Lutz Becker; Philippe Mora

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£17.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
181 minutes
Year
2013

Distributor

Name

Odeon Entertainment

Email
info@odeonent.co.uk
Web
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Phone
0870 242 6703
Fax
01455 558167
Address
Unit 14
Midland Court
Central Park
Lutterworth
Leicestershire
LE17 4PN

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