"There but by the grace..."
I kept thinking of this simple expression while working on this project. Consider a civilized country... now consider a horrible war and a devastating defeat, imagine crippling sanctions, consider unemployment and poverty, brutality and desperation, and now imagine you have only two choices to lead out of this hell... the Communists or the Nazis. No matter what your choice, you would know that your country isn't so civilized anymore.
Nazi Germany... their words, their films. A simple concept yet incredibly profound.
This was a two year project consisting of deep archival research on an international scale - pouring over some 1500 hours of footage... some of it very hard to watch. I remember one reel of film that began with off duty soldiers on a fishing expedition in the Ukraine, next on the reel was the rounding up Jews and Communist sympathizers in a small village and their quiet execution, and then the last piece of film on the reel... Christmas time in a Berlin living room, pine tree, garlands, holiday presents, and children laughing.
"Vividly captures the times, from a very unique perspective... After having watched a great number of documentaries about World War II and the Nazis in general, I have to say that The Third Reich - The Rise And Fall is one with a very unique slant on those terrifying years. This set is highly recommended."
EMMY NOMINATED | OUTSTANDING HISTORICAL SPECIAL: LONG FORM
BANFF NOMINATED | OUTSTANDING SPECIAL
Executive Producers: SETH SKUNDRICK, NICOLE RITTENMEYER
Writer: NICOLE RITTENMEYER
Editor & Sound Design: SETH SKUNDRICK, CODY ROGOWSKI
Composer: BRENDON ANDEREGG
Assistant Editor: JACK POROBIL