Thursday, April 30, 2009


Sixty-four years ago today, Adolf Hitler killed himself.

I think that deserves some celebrating!

I thought the people criticizing the recent films "humanizing" Hitler were very misguided -- the important lesson is that "evil incarnate" can actually be a simple schmuck human being fuckhead.

I would urge him to rot in hell, if there were a hell. Since there is not, may he hear Creed for eternity!


Mister Parker said...

If by humanize you mean they show that he wasn't a mutation or an alien fobbed off on us by invaders from another planet, then I would say humanize away. He sprang from human soil then freely chose to channel the darkest aspects of human nature into twelve years of war and genocide. It's useful to remind ourselves that since he was a human being and not an aberration, another of his like could come along. Indeed, they do. They just haven't attained the same stage. But they're out there, trying.

If on the other hand by humanize, these filmmakers mean to explain away his choices and lay the blame at the feet of upbringing, experience or genetics, thereby diminishing his culpability for his actions and allowing us to comfort ourselves with the thought that, gee, such a random confluence of circumstances could never happen again and, well, he was a monster anyway so what could we have done to stop him, then I can see why people have a problem with it.

And, of course, if by humanize, they mean to show how he liked dogs and ate his vegetables so maybe he wasn't such a bad guy after all, then I would suggest these filmmakers need to be beaten with a hammer.

As I wrote in my brilliant essay about "Sunrise," it is possible to adhere strictly to the facts of a story and wind up lying about the reality. Probably the only way you could accurately tell Hitler's story is if you were somehow able to make the audience feel the pain of each of the millions of lives he destroyed and to feel the moral culpability for the failure of millions more to take whatever action, however small, was available to alleviate the suffering of any of their fellow human beings, however few.

It's tall order. Some have argued it's impossible. I'm not sure that's true. But it's not a subject to be tackled lightly.

Anonymous said...

I think that the movies that are fiction are fiction, the movies that depict real occurrnces are depicting real occurrences. But I'm not concerned with the filmmakers' views. They never affect me. Right ?

¡barangus!™ said...

Listen to Creed?

Nicene or Apostles'?

aaayyy atsa good joke, boss.