Definitely would've like to see the story of the nephews further developed. Quite honestly most of the other stories were uninteresting. The only other story that had some substance was the family that lost their children. I wouldn't mind seeing a documentary just focused on that story. Also, I believe the nephews are going by the name Houston. During the film, a phone book was researched. Right there I pretty much guessed the last started with "Hou." Look info. up on the internet and easily found that William Patrick changed his name to Stuart-Houston. I may be wrong about the last name or maybe everybody already knows the Houston last name. Anyway, again, I wish the nephews' story could have been further developed and they would've been more willin to talk.
I have always been intrigued by Hitler and the influence he had on people to carry out his horrific ideals but I'm glad that this was not another portrait of him or the survival stories of his victims. It is simply a portrait of a handful of people unrelated to Hitler living with his same name and the effects it had on them. I think the documentary could have had more depth. *Spoiler* The man who claimed to be the only living relative of Hitler and had been orphaned could have been examined more. Emily's story was vapid and uninteresting. It would have made an incredibly interesting story if the nephews of Hitler decided to speak out but they didn't and it is what it is. Also, wouldn't you like to know more about the diary?
Fascinating subject matter, well paced, balanced presentation, beautiful cinematography, excellent music score. Matt Ogens and crew know their craft. Features a nice cross-section of people who have found ways to cope with their name. My only criticism would be I had trouble understanding whether there was one or two German guys with the Hitler name. Otherwise, very well done.
Too long...Hitler's few direct descendants are sadly ordinary and nothing was said about the alternate American spelling of the name withe 2 t's, "Hittler." I had hopes for more compelling insights from the people who shared his name, some awareness of Hitler's monstrous deeds and place in history. Other than the boat navigator raised in an orphanage, interviewees seemed oblivious.