100 Years of Adolf Hitler
GER 1989, 55 min
One light, one day, one leader. Five men, four women, dragged out of the darkness by a hand-held spotlight. We see the last hour in the Führerbunker as it really was.
The big names of the Nazi regime on the brink of its downfall fighting a very private war of their own. Gorging, screwing, machinating: the dark hallways of the Führerbunker are the perfect location for all kinds of excesses.
Shot in complete darkness during 16 straight hours in an original World War II bunker, the only light source is Christoph Schlingensief’s flashlight guiding Voxi Bärenklau’s camera through the controlled chaos. Neither cast nor crew were allowed to go outside until the film was finished. Laying the groundwork for Schlingensief’s later works on- and off-stage as well as his TV Shows (U3000, TALK 2000), 100 YEARS OF ADOLF HITLER is a key film in Schlingensief’s artistic oeuvre, enabling the viewer to witness the unfolding of an aura, it is perhaps the closest Schlingensief ever came to Direct Cinema.
100 YEARS OF ADOLF HITLER is the first part of Schlingensief’s GERMANY TRILOGY which also includes THE GERMAN CHAINSAW MASSACRE and TERROR 2000.
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Language: German, Subtitles: English, Danish, French, Italian, Dutch, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish
Awards and Festivals
- Berlinale Forum 1989
- Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen 1989
Director and Screenplay
Margit Carstensen, Volker Spengler, Alfred Edel, Udo Kier, Dietrich Kuhlbrodt, Andreas Kunze, Brigitte Kausch-Kuhlbrodt, Marie-Lou Sellem, Asia Verdi
Director of Photography
Music and Sound Mixing
Production Design, Title, Poster
Uli Hanisch, Ariane Traub
Christian Fürst, Ruth Bamberg
means of cultural film funding from the state of NRW
World Premiere (GER)
18.02.1989, Berlinale - Forum
Restored film, 2K scan, original theatrical version
„My Wife in 5“ (short film, 1985, 14 min), Interview with Christoph Schlingensief (2002, 14 min), Interview with cinematographer Voxi Bärenklau (2010, 11 min), TV report about Christoph Schlingensief (1987, 8 min), Schlingensief - film trailer – All extras without subtitles
English, Danish, French, Italian, Dutch, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, Spanish
PAL / B/W
52 min (25 fps) + 47 min Extras
Digipack (Set Content: 1), 16-page booklet with film poster, original documents, interview, script excerpts, biography and photos
From 16 years
DCP (2K, 24 fps, 5.1)
16mm (Mono, contact Deutsche Kinemathek)
English, French (DCP, BD)
A1 poster (rent only)
From 16 years