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Bis fünf nach zwölf - Adolf Hitler und das 3. Reich (1953)

The film begins with the First World War and ends in 1945. Without exception, recordings from this period were used, which came from weekly news reports from different countries.


Gerhard Grindel


Gerhard Grindel


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Credited cast:
Martin Bormann ... Self (archive footage)
Eva Braun ... Self (archive footage)
Winston Churchill ... Self (archive footage)
Karl Dönitz ... Self (archive footage)
Hans Frank Hans Frank ... Self (archive footage)
Roland Freisler Roland Freisler ... Self (archive footage)
Wilhelm Frick Wilhelm Frick ... Self (archive footage)
Hans Fritzsche Hans Fritzsche ... Self (archive footage)
Walther Funk Walther Funk ... Self (archive footage)
Joseph Goebbels ... Self (archive footage) (as Josef Goebbels)
Carl Friedrich Goerdeler Carl Friedrich Goerdeler ... Self (archive footage)
Hermann Göring ... Self (archive footage)
Rudolf Hess ... Self (archive footage)
Reinhard Heydrich ... Self (archive footage)
Heinrich Himmler ... Self (archive footage)


Previously unpublished scenes about the private life of Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun were also shown for the first time. The film was originally built into a frame story. The Off Commentary begins with the words: "This film [...] is a document of delusion that on the way to power tore an entire people and a whole world into disaster. This film portrays the suffering of a generation that only ended five to twelve. " The film premiered in Cologne on November 20, 1953, but was immediately banned by Federal Interior Minister Gerhard Schröder in agreement with the interior ministers of the federal states of the Federal Republic of Germany. Written by Ulf Kjell Gür

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GREATEST MOVIE EVER!!! *Swastika symbol*
11 December 2019 | by braydenlindgrenSee all my reviews

This is a wonderful movie for fans of HItler. Visual effects were spectacular for the time. The plot was compelling, i got emotional at times. I really felt for these characters. Especially when Hitler did his speech, even though i couldn't hear it I think his mic was turned off. Hitlers Future wife was very good in this movie. Great actor. This movie should be nominated for an oscar for best documentary. Hitler should be still acting today, to bad he had to retire from life. There should be a sequel for this movie 10/10. Everyone should see this movie. If you haven't your an uncultured swine.

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Release Date:

13 November 1953 (West Germany) See more »

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Bis 5 nach 12 See more »

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Chronos-Film, Rapid Film See more »
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1.33 : 1
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