The Empty Mirror


The Empty Mirror

Infobox_Film
name = The Empty Mirror


imdb_id = 0116192
director = Barry J. Hershey
writer = Barry J. Hershey
R. Buckingham
starring = Norman Rodway
producer = William Dance
David D. Johnson
Jay Roach
distributor = Lions Gate Films
released = 1996
runtime = 118 minutes
language = English
music = John Frizzel
budget = Unknown

"The Empty Mirror" is a 1996 film set in a world where Adolf Hitler and his cadre of closest followers survived the fall of Nazi Germany. This speculative psychodrama attempts to explore Hitler's mind as he converses with Eva Braun, Hermann Göring, Josef Göbbels, and Sigmund Freud. It is a decidedly minimalist film set in a secret subterranean bunker where Hitler spends endless hours watching films of his best years flicker over his blueprints for the new Berlin. Though he lost the war, Hitler still believes himself successful in becoming an immortal figure. His conversations add insight to his grand schemes, his obsession with blondes, and his moral justification for genocide. At Freud's prompting, Hitler also looks into his own neurosis and fears. [ [http://movies2.nytimes.com/gst/movies/movie.html?v_id=136359 The Empty Mirror - Trailer - Cast - Showtimes - New York Times ] ]

Casting

*Norman Rodway as Adolf Hitler
*Camilla Søeberg as Eva Braun
*Peter Michael Goetz as Sigmund Freud
*Doug McKeon as The Typist
*Glenn Shadix as Hermann Göring
*Joel Grey as Josef Göbbels

Influences

While not cited in the movie or its credits, the movie is, for all intents and purposes, a dramatized version of Robert Waite's psychohistory of Hitler, "The Psychopathic God" (1993, Da Capo Press). For example, the movie includes several psychological theories (Hitler's speculated fear of decapitation) and his enjoyment of the artwork of Franz Stuck, theories which only Waite has put forward.

ee also

*List of Holocaust films

External links

*imdb title|id=0116192|title=The Empty Mirror
* [http://www.emptymirror.com/ Official website]
* [http://csmonitor.com/cgi-bin/durableRedirect.pl?/durable/1999/05/07/fp15s3-csm.shtml "Christian Science Monitor" review]
* [http://www.laweekly.com/ink/99/24/film-patterson.php "LA Weekly" review]

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