Sokurov doesn't attempt to make us sympathize with Hitler (as he knows that would be immoral). Instead he decides to humanize him, portraying the mundane aspects of his life, while still portraying him as the unsympathetic evil that he was. This is a really good film that makes me want to dive further into his oeuvre, which I avoided doing prior, since my only other exposure was Russian Ark, which I did not like.
An oddly tender portrait of Hitler- the vegetarian, the hypochondriac, the artist. After all the monstrosities, the inhumanities, he was just a man. Interesting to see him in this light, so broken down and vulnerable. Plus, there's such a wonderfully eerie atmosphere to this film, something I've not experienced before.
Começa este sábado, dia 14, o ciclo especial dedicado a ALEKSANDR SOKUROV no Espaço Nimas. Vai ser possível rever ou descobrir as obras que compõem a Tetralogia do Poder do realizador. MOLOCH, que acompanha Adolf Hitler e Eva Braun durante um fim-de-semana no campo, é exibido amanhã às 19h15. A sessão contará com a apresentação do crítico de cinema João Lopes.
What starts promisingly in the misty, mythic vein of Syberberg's mighty Hitler film degenerates into a grab-bag of charicatures. What Syberberg realises and Sokurov perhaps doesn't is that the full nature of the Hitler phenomenon can be understood least of all in a fiction film about Hitler; essentially, the nagging questions about the Nazis' mass appeal can't be answered by a study of the chief perpetrators alone.
The first movie i ever watched that portrays Adolf Hitler as a human being. For that it is interesting. And for the stunning cinematography, too. But still it failed to call my attention. I often felt distracted and was wishing for more interesting dialogues.