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Hitler - A Film from Germany (Hitler - Ein Film aus Deutschland)

Hitler - A Film from Germany

With Hitler - A Film from Germany, the great arc that began with the feature film Ludwig roughly a century before arrives at its conclusion. We do not see the figures of the Hitler past but actors playing them, as if on our behalf; nor do we see Hitler the person, but a film from Germany that Hitler directed, that was Hitler, the creation of his own fantasy.

The structure of the work is a many-layered montage of sound and visual leitmotifs, and of references to history and film in the form of original documentary sound material from the 30s and 40s, of musical quotations and Syberberg's own new projection technique. It is the most articulate expression to date of his theory of cinema as the music of the future, as inner projection and as the extension of life with other means.
Genre Art
Category Feature
Year of Production 1977
Director Hans-Juergen Syberberg
Screenplay Hans-Juergen Syberberg
Cinematography Dietrich Lohmann
Jutta Brandstaetter
L.v. Beethoven, Gustav Mahler, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Cast Peter Kern, Harry Baer, Heinz Schubert, André Heller
Producer Bernd Eichinger
Production Company TMS Film/Munich, in co-production with BBC/London, INA/Paris
Runtime 445 min
Format 35 mm, color
Subtitled Versions French, English
Sound Technology Mono
Festivals Cannes 1977, Melbourne 1980, Hong Kong 1989
German Distributor TMS Film/Munich