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The Great Dictator: Remembering Hitler Properly

The Apotheosis of Adolf was a project started by the Nazis and continued in the popular imagination by casting him as a malevolent deity. Hitler’s plans for Germany didn’t work out, but his egotistical desire to become a Wagnerian god has. The real Nazi party was a disorganized mess, and Hitler only achieved the military success he did through luck rather than some sort of genius. Yet popular historiography simply perpetuates the self-glorifying mythos he created.

The Great Dictator: Remembering Hitler Properly

Viridiana - Mocking Charity

The idea that the poor are just as sinful as the rich doesn't seem too revolutionary, until you look at the majority of Western art and literature. Usually we get the Charles Dickens trope. If only the mean rich people were to leave and the poor people were put in charge, things would run more smoothly. Viridiana in contrast, might have been written by Ayn Rand. It's about as anti-populist as you can get. Rand however, would have tossed in a Prometheus or two. Buñuel's Calvinistic misanthropy allows for no heroes.

Viridiana - Mocking Charity

Several Swedes

Only 3 months less relevant, here are swedes of 12 films from 2009 that were nominated for Silver Reels awards. These were broadcast on UATV during the ceremony in March.