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Hitler Cantata (Hitlerkantate)

Hitler Cantata
Scene from "Hitler Cantata" (photo © Saxonia Media)

Hitler Cantata – as the title relates to – is a film about music, composed during of Hitler´s Third Reich. Ursula becomes the assistant to the famous composer Broch, who has been commissioned to write a cantata for Hitler´s 50th birthday.

The film brings together Broch, an ex-communist, Ursula, an adoring Hitler fan, and the commissioner of the music piece, Gottlieb, a SS-Colonel and also Ursula´s fiancé.

While Gottlieb works with the SS on plans for the “Final Solution”, Ursula experiences in her own environment the fear and danger of the Jewish population. Her growing love for composer Broch brings new passion into the music piece. But things change for her too when Ursula´s family line of decent is not as clear as it was thought to be.

Hitler Cantata focuses on the human element of love, passion and affection, and provides an insight into the madness and hysteria behind Hitler’s popularity with women.

"This film is about the power of music. It demonstrates how music can become a catalyst to a higher awareness of your surroundings and how it can make you examine your own personal convictions!" (Jutta Brueckner)


Jutta Brueckner studied Political Science, Philosophy and History in Berlin, Paris and Munich and wrote film scripts for Bavarian Television (BR), Bavaria Studios, Ula Stoeckl and Volker Schloendorff. She has been a director since 1975, with award-winning films like Tue recht und scheue niemand (documentary, 1975), Ein ganz und gar verwahrlostes Maedchen (1980), Hungerjahre - in einem reichen Land (1980), Laufen lernen (TV, 1982), Luftwurzeln (short, 1982), Ein Blick und die Liebe bricht aus (1986), Lieben Sie Brecht? (film essay, 1993), Bertolt Brecht - Liebe, Revolution und andere gefaehrliche Sachen (1998), and Hitler Cantata (Hitlerkantate, 2005).
Genre History, Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2005
Director Jutta Brueckner
Screenplay Jutta Brueckner
Cinematography Thomas Mauch
Monika Schindler
Peter Gotthardt
Elke Grundig
Cast Lena Lauzemis, Hilmar Thate, Rike Schmidt, Arnd Klawitter, Andreas Guenther, Christine Schorn, Dirk Martens, Krista Stadler, Christiane Lemm, Armin Dillenberger
Producers Hans Werner Honert, Klaus-Dieter Schmutzer
Production Company Saxonia Entertainment/Leipzig, in co-production with à jour Film/Berlin, Koppmedia/Halle, WDR, MDR, ARTE
Length 114 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Sound Technology Dolby Digital, Dolby SRD
Festivals Moscow 2005, Montreal World 2005, Tokyo 2005, Denver 2005, Kerala 2005, Mar del Plata 2006
With backing from Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, BKM, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg,
German Distributor Movienet Film/Munich

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