posted on Dec, 5 2006 @ 06:38 PM
After the war, it was decided that Hitler's public speeches would no longer be made public. They're never seen, to this day, on TV or in movies.
It's very rare and then only brief snatches of the speeches are broadcast. I get the impression they are equally cautious with his private moments
by the amount of time devoted to transcribing the lips of the actual footage.
A good 35 minutes into the film before any meat's served up. Even so, I find it fascinating. It certainly reveals the banality of evil and I'm
very pleased that the narrator makes the point that it is evil we are all capable of. A human evil, not a Hitlerian evil. An important distinction,
if we don't want a repeat of the same behaviour. Repeated already many times over in the last 100 years. Maybe not on as grand a scale, but with the
same purposes and rationalizations under different guises.
Interesting that Hitler was such a non-impressive individual in private, his public persona was a production of theatrics and required the support of
the people around him, which lends itself once again to the charismatic attraction of fascism with its decisive certainties. Very sad that his voice
coach was Eric Stienmeyer, an Austrian Jew, I wonder if he survived the war - poor man, what a legacy. Of course, his involvement would have been
long before the inception of the final solution.
It almost drove me to distraction the amount of time they spent waxing on about automated lip reading, I would have taken the accuracy of the
technology on faith to hear more of the private moments. Their obvious love affair with the technology leads me to believe it will be used in all the
cameras that line the streets of London in order to decipher the private moments of individuals in public.
Computers are already able to recognize faces and voices and words without sound..,which leads us to the next looming spectre of totalitarian
[edit on 5-12-2006 by clearwater]