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DVD: The Dark Charisma of Adolf Hitler (12)


The title's a little misleading, as the diminutive fruitcake appears to have had very little charisma, which is extraordinary given that he convinced a nation that they were “a superior race”.

With so many Hitler documentaries out there, Laurence Rees's three-parter really needed to be something out of the ordinary, but, apart from some arresting archive footage, the content and commentary are a tad simplistic and the historian fails to unearth anything new. For a penetrating take on Hitler and his cronies, see Jonathan Meades's excellent Jerry Building: Unholy Relics of Nazi Germany.