Posted December 29 2011 - 07:52 AM
| Kino Lorber Announces DVD Release of Philippe Mora's documentarySwastika (1973) |
| New York, NY - December 29, 2011 - Kino Lorber is proud to announce the DVD release of Philippe Mora's film, Swastika (1973), a highly controversial documentary about Adolf Hitler that The Washington Post called "the most potent of anti-Nazi films." |
Swastika comes to DVD on January 3, 2012, with a SRP of $29.95. The DVD includes a number of special features, including "Swastika Revisited", a filmmaker discussion featuring producers Sanford Lieberson & David Puttnam, director Philippe Mora, and writer Lutz Becker, as they discuss the making of the film; "Manipulation and Nazi Propaganda" featurette, discussing the role of propaganda in newsreels and documentaries in German cinema; an interview with Lutz Becker (from BBC Television in 1973) discussing the discovery of the color home movies shot by Eva Braun, and an interview with architect Albert Speer, discussing his reaction to seeing the color home movies; color film shot in Nazi Germany; "Puncturing the Myth of Leni Riefenstahl" audio track featuring Lutz Becker and Philippe Mora; an introduction by historian Jonathan Petropoulos, discussing the controversy surrounding the film; and trailers.
Philippe Mora uses color home movie footage shot by Eva Braun to present the private life of Adolf Hitler. This footage is culled together by Philippe Mora to form an in-depth autobiography of Hitler's rise and fall, following his life from the rise of the Nazi state to the end of World War II.
Met with a tumultuous reception at Cannes in 1973, Swastika was subsequently banned in Germany until 2010, when it was acknowledged for its significant contribution to understanding Hitler and Nazism; as stated in its opening credits, "If Hitler is dehumanized and shown only as a devil, any future Hitler may not be recognized, simply because he is a human being."
"Manipulation and Nazi Propaganda" featurette
Interview with Albert Speer
Color Film in Nazi Germany
"Puncturing the Myth of Leni Riefenstahl" audio track
Introduction by Jonathan Petropoulos
1973 / 1.33:1 Full Frame / 95 mins. / German with English subtitles / Not Rated / Color and B&W
Director: Philippe Mora
Street date: January 3, 2012
Ronald J Epstein
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