1985. West Germany. Hartmut Bitomsky. 90 min.
Sunday, February 7, 2010, 6:00 p.m.
Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2
1985. West Germany. Produced, written, and directed by Hartmut Bitomsky. In the words of Adolf Hitler, “Where Germany ends, the pot-holes can begin.” Hitler’s Third Reich brought to fruition “the biggest German edifice of all time,” a vast, streamlined highway that criss-crossed Germany and that even today remains a model of modern engineering. Reichsautobahn is composed largely of original, Nazi-produced films and artifacts: newsreels and industrials, how-to movies and photographic studies, paintings, coffee table books, and souvenirs of every type. Bitomsky uses the autobahn to construct a fascinating case history for his larger, more significant concern, the nature of fascist propaganda. In German; English subtitles. 90 min.
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