A few years ago, as the Americans were gearing up for Iraq, I saw one of the most extraordinary documentaries of my life: Our Hitler: A film from Germany (1977).
The reason why I thought of this post is Wally's introductory course to Neoconservatism:
Neoconservative is a commonly misunderstood word. It has been around since the 1800s, and it's meaning has changed many times. It was started by liberal Democrats who were unhappy with some of the stances of the Left. It picked up momentum in the Goldwater years, on through Reagan, Bush41, Clinton, and Bush43.
It has become a well-embedded myth, that: Liberal=Democrat; Conservative=Republican; and Neoconservative=Conservative.
Neocons are faithful only unto their own fascist ideology. Power and world domination is their goal. They gather under the banners of Democrats and Republicans alike. This is the reason the Republicans are pushing hard for Hillary Clinton. Remember what they did for LIEbermann? The MSM has already given her the 'annointing' as the Democratic Presidential Candidate. It's a win-win situation for the neocons. Neocons aren't that interested in 'which' party is in power, but 'who' that person in power is."
In his epic film, Hans-Jurgen Syberberg's (a historian as well as a filmmaker) reflect on Adolf Hitler, the cultural mechanisms underlying his mythic rise, and the effect he continues to wield over Germany. The problem that film raises, chills your spine, when you realize how similarly the history is repeating. This is how the circus starts:
"Ladies and gentlemen,
now that we're rid of the Kaiser and God -- off we go.
The Song of Songs, the greatest story ever told. Let's give him his chance, let's give ourselves our chance. Taboos, this show's about taboos. The greatest show of the century, big business, the show of shows ... No human story, but a history of humankind, no disaster film, but disaster as a film. The end of the world. Deluge, the cosmos biting the dust."
"Hitler: A Film from Germany is an attempt to divorce Hitler and the Third Reich from a simple narrative and historical summation through a marriage of the Wagnerian Gesamtkunstwerk and the Brechtian alienation effect, an unlikely alliance but a profitable one: Film as the art form of the 20th century, the epic theater providing its principal dramaturgical devices."Doron Altaratz:
"Syberberg is using puppets to represent the third Reich leaders in his film. ... I believe that this representation is beyond the scope of the theatrical experience. The historical figures become mannequins of the different uses of society. They have lost their individualism and became actors in the theater of history."It is not a coincidence that after almost 25 years of obscurity, the film is being released in DVD format only recently.
You may legally download the entire film from Hans Jurgen Syberberg's official website.