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The Architecture of Doom (1989)

Undergångens arkitektur (original title)
Not Rated | | Documentary, History | 13 October 1989 (Sweden)
An absorbing and chilling documentary about the National Socialist aesthetic, and how attempts to create the Aryan Ideal caused the extermination of millions. Aspects covered include: ... See full summary »

Director:

Peter Cohen

Writer:

Peter Cohen
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Credited cast:
Rolf Arsenius Rolf Arsenius ... Narrator (original version) (voice)
Bruno Ganz ... Narrator (German, subtitled English versions) (voice)
Sam Gray Sam Gray ... Narrator (dubbed English version)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Martin Bormann ... Self (archive footage)
Karl Brandt ... Self (archive footage) (as Dr. Karl Brandt)
Arno Breker Arno Breker ... Self (archive footage)
Hermann Giesler Hermann Giesler ... Self (archive footage)
Joseph Goebbels ... Self (archive footage) (as Josef Goebbels)
Heinrich Himmler ... Self (archive footage)
Adolf Hitler ... Self (archive footage)
Wilhelm Keitel Wilhelm Keitel ... Self (archive footage)
Viktor Lutze Viktor Lutze ... Self (archive footage)
Jeanne Moreau ... Narrator (French version) (voice)
Alfred Rosenberg ... Self (archive footage)
Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt ... Self (archive footage)
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An absorbing and chilling documentary about the National Socialist aesthetic, and how attempts to create the Aryan Ideal caused the extermination of millions. Aspects covered include: Hitler's epiphany while viewing Wagner's opera 'Rienzi', the rise of the homo-erotic Grecian/Nordic ideal, the parallels drawn between the 'degenerate' art of the cubists and dadaists and the mentally ill/physically deformed, the Nazi obsession with purity and cleanliness, and, finally, the descent of the Jewish people to the level of a virus/vermin. Written by Dawn M. Barclift

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Skönhetskult och barbari i Tredje Riket


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Trivia

While researching this film in Germany, 'Cohen, Peter' stumbled upon an obscure industrial documentary about various methods of vermin control for factory use. This short, entitled "Kleinkrieg" (or "Little War"), proved invaluable as it was the first to advocate the use of Zyklon-B as an effective means of mass extermination. See more »

Connections

Features The Eternal Jew (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

Requiem (excerpt)
Music by Hector Berlioz
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See what happens when the artists take control?
2 September 1998 | by cfb3See all my reviews

An interesting idea (Nazism as an aesthetic movement) fairly convincingly presented, although sometimes it stretches to make a point (eg, the movie tries to make more of the use of Zyklon-B for pest as well as human extermination than the interesting coincidence it seems to be). The periodic sequences of similar looking Nazi art get boring after while, which is the point, but overmade. The narration is rather monotonous; it's possible that impression is the result of having to read it.


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Country:

Sweden

Language:

Swedish

Release Date:

13 October 1989 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Architektur des Untergangs See more »

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Dolby

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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