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"A rollicking comedy with black edges" --The Guardian (U.K.)

Based on the true story of the Hitler diary hoax

Based on a true story, this uproarious farce dramatizes the making of a modern-day publishing fiasco. Emmy® nominee Jonathan Pryce (Brazil, Pirates of the Caribbean) stars as Gerd "The Bloodhound" Heidemann, a German reporter who sniffs out a scoop that will revive his stalled career: the lost diaries of Adolf Hitler. Gerd manages to convince Stern magazine to pony up millions for the documents, not knowing that a small-time forger (Alexei Sayle, The Young Ones) keeps churning them out from a shop in Stuttgart. The scheme hoodwinks eminent historians, Newsweek magazine, and even Rupert Murdoch--until the truth leaves everyone pointing fingers in fury.

With a pitch-perfect ensemble cast that includes Barry Humphries (Dame Edna), Alison Doody (Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade), Tom Baker (Doctor Who), and Alan Bennett (Beyond the Fringe), Selling Hitler mercilessly lays bare the greed, self-delusion, and stupidity behind 20th-century journalism’s most shocking scandal.


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Background on the aftermath of the Hitler diaries
SDH subtitles

Product Details

  • Actors: Jonathan Pryce, Alexei Sayle, Alison Doody, Julie T. Wallace, Richard Wilson
  • Directors: Alastair Reid
  • Writers: Howard Schuman, Robert Harris
  • Producers: Andrew Brown, Paul Sparrow
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: July 13, 2010
  • Run Time: 256 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0039ZF8HI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,827 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Selling Hitler" on IMDb

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By Robert Platt on March 31, 2007
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A tawdry and twisted boardroom farce and journalistic spoof. Top notch performances throughout. Equal in caliber in every way to Robert Harris' book, which is a tremendous beach read with serious message. It's chilling to think that the history of Nazi Germany was almost re-written by a drunken gun-nut forger and his emotionally-unhinged dupe. Although very talky, it never drags. Pacing is carefully managed and a four-hour movie goes by quickly. Owing to the length, there is more than enough technical detail about business negotiations, document forensics, historical research, and tabloid journalism to satisfy any geek, but it's never overdone.

It also has willfully goofy moments that leaven a ghastly subject with highly-appropriate satirical humor.
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What if Adolf Hitler kept a diary? What would it say? Would it give an excuse - a hint of reason - for why he did what he did? And if there was a diary, how much would the world media pay for an artifact all the world wants to see?
"Selling Hitler" is a very stylish 4-hour British miniseries of just such a story. As insane as it seems now, the story is true. It happened in 1985, and if you're too young to remember, I will not give away the ending. The fun is in the telling, with corporate greed battling the ethics of good journalism, with common sense flying out the window.
Jonathan Pryce is wonderful as unstable journalist Gerd Heidemann, obsessed with both the good life and Nazi memorobilia. Heidemann acquires Hermann Goering's old yacht, but his Stern Magazine editors demand a productive story. That story leaps when he meets shady Conrad Fischer - a smart man with access to Hitler diaries. Heidemann has the bait, his editors take the hook. Then it gets rather complicated.
No action scenes, but the film digs up plenty of tension. The action is in the passion. Everyone in this story wants the Diaries on their terms at their price. Boardroom negotiations turn into smiley warfare, promotions and threats. The atmosphere is so crazed that even discredited English historian David Irving makes a memorable appearance.
At 3 1/2 hours, the delight in detail can swamp you - Rupert Murdoch vs. Newsweek, Newsweek vs. Stern Magazine, editors against each other, journalists against sources, forgers against sources, David Irving against everybody - "Selling Hitler" is a cutting character study of paranoia, hucksters and good old scheming. Perhaps it's better to watch this over 2 days. Or not - I watch it straight through every time, exhausted but grinning. The pace is excellent.
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This is British TV at its best. Hysterically funny almost from the start, this is a thinking man's comedy. Little visual jokes are everywhere, like the blink and you'll miss it Hitler jigsaw puzzle. The casting's near perfect and the acting uniformly terrific. Alison Doody is note perfect as the protagonist's girlfriend. The scene in which we first meet her is as nicely judged a piece of comedic acting as I've ever seen. I haven't read Robert Harris' book but this adaptation is a masterpiece in its own right. And it's all true!
There are two versions available, the latest, unedited 5 episode Acorn release and an earlier version, edited into 4 episodes and running at around 50 minutes less. Normally, going with an original, uncut vesion would be a no-brainer but in this case it's a tough call. The edited version is tighter and in many ways better. It's biggest advantage is to have lost the awful "On last week's show..." narration by Alexei Sayle that opens each episode. This may have been part of the original TV series but it's a tonal disaster that dumbs the whole thing down. For the rest, it's nice to see all the minutiae, the little moments that were edited out of the first version but they don't really add to the story. If I were recommending one vesion, it would be the 4 episode, with the uncut version in reserve for a second viewing. My 5 stars were for the 4 episode cut. I'd give the longer one 4 stars. PQ is similar in both.
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Enjoyed this quite a bit. Solid work from all the actors (particularly liked seeing Alexei Sayle of The Young Ones since he doesn't seem to do much TV work anymore). A great send up of true story (I expect the Brits don't have any trouble making the Germans look like fools, although they didn't need all that much help in this instance.) A lesson in self-delusion, corporate culture, and just plain greed. Not played for laughs but there is plenty all the same, more the head-shake tsk-ing kind than belly laughs but still enjoyable nonetheless.
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If you were unaware of the Hitler diaries hoax of 1981-83, the scenario and personalities of the British TV mini-series docudrama, 'Selling Hitler', might seem so improbable as to be a Mel Brooks-devised slapstick farce.

The most imaginative writers of comic fiction could hardly invent characters like Konrad Kujau ("call me Connie", alias Fischer), a professional dealer in his own prolific forgeries of Nazi memorabilia; the senior German magazine journalist Gerd Heidemann, obsessed with Nazi memorabilia, who "collected" Hermann Göring's yacht Carin II and his daughter Edda; the German, British and American media moguls fooled into paying millions of dollars for some 60 forged "diaries" obtained by Heidemann from Kujau; the ex-wartime intelligence boffin and interrogator turned eminent historian, Hugh Trevor-Roper (Lord Dacre), who initially was fooled by and authenticated the forgeries; or the Texan multi-millionaire collector of Nazi art, Billy F. Price. But these are merely some of the very real cast of colorful characters of 'Selling Hitler', who are played by mostly British actors, headed by Jonathan Pryce as Heidemann and comedian Alexei Sayle as Kujau. The strangest casting, on paper, seems Australian comic performer Barry Humphries as media mogul Rupert Murdoch, but even this works, because Humphries, like the others, is a skilled actor. Other notable performers in 'Selling Hitler' include Tom Baker and Peter Capaldi, both well-known to viewers of British television drama in the lead role of the long-running sci-fi fantasy series 'Dr Who'; and the glamorous Irish actress Alison Doody, who played Dr. Elsa Schneider in 'Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade' and Jenny Flex in the Bond movie, 'A View to a Kill'.
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