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How did a provincial rabble-rouser from Austria rise to become Germany's messianic Fuhrer? Why did Germans from all walks of life embrace the fascist Nazi philosophy and willingly follow Hitler into a titanic conflict and utter destruction?

Joachim C. Fest and Christian Herrendoerfer's meticulously assembled film dissects the Third Reich with a keen analytical blade, charting Hitler's improbable rise, his mastery of imagery and crowd psychology, and his consummate skill in exploiting the weaknesses in others.

Examining the public and private dynamics of Nazism's unhinged dictatorship by making use of an amazing array of never-before-seen film footage from secret archives and private collections, HITLER: A CAREER uncovers the deeper causes behind the rise and fall of Adolph Hitler and the Third Reich.

FEATURING FOOTAGE OF: Adolph Hitler, Eva Braun, Josef Goebbels, Hermann Göring, Reinhard Heydrich, Heinrich Himmler, Rudolf Hess, Benito Mussolini, Erwin Rommel, Albert Speer, Paul von Hindenburg, Joachim von Ribbentrop, Neville Chamberlain, Charles Chaplin, Winston Churchill, Albert Einstein, Ernst Lubitsch & more.

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Long lines of Germans have been lining up to see a new hit. The central figure - his black hair combed flat across his forehead, his impassioned voice exhorting his followers to build a thousand-year Reich - is der Führer himself. The 2-1/2 hour documentary about him, Hitler: A Career, is the smash of the summer, drawing thousands to the box offices and spurring a nationwide re-examination of the Nazi past.

The footage of Nazi atrocities and the wholesale destruction of German cities during the war never fails to stun audiences, even those Germans who have been immersed in an atmosphere of guilt for 30 years.

To younger viewers the film is a revelation. The school system of West Germany after the war either disregarded the Hitler period or raced through it. Among older viewers the reaction is often uneasiness. Says one Berliner, 76: 'That was how Hitler was. He was black magic, and intoxicated people.'

Producer Joachim Fest, author of a massive biography on Hitler, drew upon film clips of the 1920s, '30s and '40s, setting out to make a movie that would explore how an obscure Austrian postcard artist could win power and put it to such evil purposes.

Says Fest: 'If you want to make a society a little more secure against someone like Hitler, then you must give people an understanding of the forces that were so appealing. There is a big need to know how it all could have happened.' --TIME Magazine


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