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Occult History of the Third Reich (1998)

In Documentary, History on October 11, 2004 at 6:32 am

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This documentary film attempted to examine Nazism from a different angle: the occult and mysticism. Interesting as it sounds, the production of this documentary itself is very very POOR! It’s just bunch of slap-together filler footages that has nothing to do with narrations, most of them were from the Hitler propaganda Triumph of the Will. Wagner’s music is playing as background music to give the sinister, Darth Vader evil-empire impression. A little graphic diagrams and captions would have help, especially since it talks often about symbols. This is a 3-parts series and I only watched the first disc The Enigma of the Swastika because I read from review that the next two are just repeating the same idea over and over again. Overall it does offer some interesting alternative understanding of the belief systems that rooted Nazism.

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Celluloid Closet (1995)

In Documentary, History on October 10, 2004 at 7:01 pm

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Interesting eye-opening documentary on the portrayal of homosexuality in Hollywood cinema history. From the early days comedic but harmless sissy (who were all stylists, costume designers, interior designers ^^;;), to the dark days of The Hayes Code (started in late 30s) that censored all ‘dirty’ immoral stuffs according to Church, where homosexuality wasn’t allow to exist. Later on gay characters became either condemned monsters or tragic victims (they must died). In 70s the homosexual roles started to change to either self-loathing people full of angst and guilt, or the negative clownish but threatening stock who looks and would served as punching bag for the heroes.

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