Architetture Of Doom

Overview

Based on the interesting theory that the Third Reich was merely an expression of its architects' desire to create, Peter Cohen has written, directed, produced and edited this compilation documentary. Many of Hitler's top guns were not only well educated but had creative bents - Hitler was a frustrated watercolorist, Goebbels had an unpublished novel and play to his credit and von Sitach was a poet. It is the contention in this "documentary" that the creative urges of these men are what drove them to try to ...
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Overview

Based on the interesting theory that the Third Reich was merely an expression of its architects' desire to create, Peter Cohen has written, directed, produced and edited this compilation documentary. Many of Hitler's top guns were not only well educated but had creative bents - Hitler was a frustrated watercolorist, Goebbels had an unpublished novel and play to his credit and von Sitach was a poet. It is the contention in this "documentary" that the creative urges of these men are what drove them to try to reshape their entire environment into their own unique vision of a perfect society - helping to design everything from the clothing worn to the houses built, and molding even the surviving humans into their own monocular vision of mankind by labeling anything different than the Aryan mold as diseased and degenerate. A unique postulate as to the origins of the Nazi movement, Cohen fails to account for the fact that there were numerous antecedents when Hitler was young who were equally racist and bigoted and their politics can be easily seen in Hitler's own molding and shaping into the monster he became. However, the notion that for Hitler and his group aesthetic considerations often outweighed the mundane and pragmatic is borne out by much of the evidence presented in this documentary, making it worthwhile as a historical perspective from a slightly different angle than usually seen when discussing the rise of the Third Reich.
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - John Guida
With incisive scholarship and fascinating archival footage, the documentary Architecture of Doom traces the aesthetics of Nazism from the movement's birth in the 1920s to the death of Hitler in World World II. The film makes a convincing argument that Nazism was born as an aesthetic ideology from the fertile but demented minds of failed artist Adolf Hitler and his followers, men such as architect Albert Speer and would-be novelist Josef Goebbels. Abhorring modern art, they banned the work of Picasso and the great German Expressionist artists as "degenerate." Writer-director Peter Cohen illustrates the development of Nazi art -- a perverted form of neoclassicism heavily influenced by the work of composer Richard Wagner, with its emphasis on the cult of Nordic legacy and the myth of pure Arayan blood. The film's extraordinary collection of images -- from Hitler's early sketches of Nazi uniforms to architectural plans for buildings that he believed would rival the grandeur of ancient Greek and Roman structures. Sam Gray's narration is restrained, allowing the footage to speak for itself. It does, with frightening eloquence.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/14/2000
  • UPC: 720229909211
  • Original Release: 1989
  • Rating:

  • Source: First Run Features
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Black & White / Pan & Scan
  • Time: 1:59:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 37,512

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bruno Ganz Voice Only
Technical Credits
Peter Cohen Director, Score Composer, Editor, Producer, Screenwriter
Mikael Cohen Cinematographer
Gerhard Fromm Cinematographer
Peter Ostlund Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Side #1
0. Scene Access
1. Hitler Seizes Power [11:00]
2. Beautification of the World [13:27]
3. Architecture for a New Germany [9:21]
4. World War II Begins [11:05]
5. Germany Attacks Soviet Union [15:22]
6. The Final Solution [12:05]
7. Nazi Propoganda [7:39]
8. Annihilation of the Jews [14:05]
9. Allies Penetrate the German Border [8:49]
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Menu

Side #1
   Play "Architecture of Doom"
   About First Run Features
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