It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Hitler


…or indeed Heydrich, in HITLER’S MADMAN, an uneven but fascinating propaganda flick from the great Douglas Sirk. This week’s Forgotten concludes our Sirk season to accompany the Lincoln Centre’s magnificent New York retrospective.


6 Responses to “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Hitler”

  1. As for the Sirk, artist Barton Benes was given the middle name “Lidice” in honor of that Nazi-massacred town.

  2. It’s a nice gesture, to make sure the crime is not forgotten and the town, wiped off the map, is remembered.

  3. henryholland666 Says:

    I saw Hangman Also Die! recently, I liked it a lot. Thanks for the very nice article about Douglas Sirk and Hitler’s Madman, I’ll have to seek it out. Will any more Sirk-related articles be forthcoming?

  4. ” …the Hangman of Prague doesn’t appear in Lang…”

    He does — briefly, right at the beginning, and played by Heinz Heinrich von Twardowski. (It’s not as fun to type that name as it is to say it). He’s effective, but the most memorable character in that film is the detective played by Alexander Granach. Just a working man at his job, Columbo gone to the dark side.

  5. Thanks, Katya! The Lang is full of interesting characters, I find. Lionel Stander jumping through a cartoon window is a good bit.

    Just looking at some German Sirk, so I may get around to writing about that.

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