Strange Death of Adolf Hitler

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The Strange Death of Adolf Hitler

James P. Hogan
USA, 1943
74min, OF

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The Strange Death of Adolf Hitler

James P. Hogan
USA, 1943
, 74min, OF

Cast: 
Ludwig Donath
Franz Huber/Adolf Hitler
Gale Sondergaard
Anna Huber
George Dolenz
Herman Marbach
Fritz Kortner
Farmer
Wolfgang Zilzer
Gene Roth
Merrill Rodin
Screenplay: 
Fritz Kortner
Joe May
Camera: 
Jerome Ash
Editor: 
Milton Carruth
Paul Landes (ungenannt)
Composer: 
Paul Sawtell
Hans J. Salter
William Lava
Decoration: 
John B. Gordon
Ralph De Lacy
Costume: 
Vera West

Production: 
Universal Pictures
Format: 
35 mm
Black/White

A civil servant who occasionally imitates Hitler’s manner of speaking surprisingly well, just for fun, is kidnapped by the SS and used as Hitler’s double. The script, co-authored by Kortner, provides the framework for a number of politically explosive questions: to submit or to resist? Individual versus collective resistance? What is the possible impact of an attempted assassination of a political leader? What is the role of the German military? “Barely any Hollywood film has ever articulated so clearly the middle class’s guilt with regard to the Nazis’ rise to power.” (Jan-Christopher Horak)

Introduction by Martin Girod.