Jay Rosenblatt – Human Remains (1998)

Quote:
Human Remains is a haunting documentary which illustrates the banality of evil by creating intimate portraits of five of this century’s most reviled dictators. The film unveils the personal lives of Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, Joseph Stalin, Francisco Franco and Mao Tse Tung. We learn the private and mundane details of their everyday lives — their favorite foods, films, habits and sexual preferences. There is no mention of their public lives or of their place in history. The intentional omission of the horrors for which these men were responsible hovers over the film.

Human Remains addresses this horror from a completely different angle. Irony and even occasional humor are sprinkled throughout the documentary. This darkly poetic film is based entirely on fact, creatively combining direct quotes and biographical research. Though based on historical figures, Human Remains is contemporary in its implications and ultimately invites the viewer to confront the nature of evil.


“‘Human Remains’ is a haunting documentary which illustrates the banality of evil
by creating intimate portraits of five of this century’s most reviled dictators.
The film unveils the personal lives of Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, Joseph Stalin,
Francisco Franco and Mao Tse Tung. We learn the private and mundane details
of their everyday lives — their favorite foods, films, habits and sexual preferences.
There is no mention of their public lives or of their place in history. The intentional
omission of the horrors for which these men were responsible hovers over the film.


“Human Remains’ addresses this horror from a completely different angle.
Irony and even occasional humor are sprinkled throughout the documentary.
This darkly poetic film is based entirely on fact, creatively combining direct quotes
and biographical research. Though based on historical figures, ‘Human Remains’
is contemporary in its implications and ultimately invites the viewer to confront
the nature of evil.”


from IMDB: “This is a very odd short documentary. It is broken into segments
during which one of several dictators narrates about his life and thoughts and quirks.
At times, these men sound very human, and with various frailties, but this is juxtaposed
with their obsessions and quirks that are evidence that they are indeed twisted men.
Some bizarre facts? Well, that Hitler was sexually obsessed with his young niece, Geli,
as well as that Mao never bathed and didn’t care at all that he spread VD to his many,
many young sexual partners. Hearing about the oddities and thoughts of these freaks
is strangely compelling and chilling…. Well worth seeing.”


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Narration in English, with hard-coded German subs.

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