Distributor First Hand Films has finalised a deal with German prodco Epoche Media Production, acquiring worldwide distribution rights to probably one of the most comprehensive Hitler biographies to date: the documentary series The Hitler Chronicles - Blueprint For Dictators.
In the run up to Miptv, First Hand Films has also already pre-sold the series to The History Channel on Foxtel in Australia and SRC (French speaking CBC) in Québec.
Produced in HD and featuring more than 40% never before seen gripping footage with 50% in colour, The Hitler Chronicles - Blueprint For Dictators tracks Hitler’s life from cradle to grave, but with a unique contemporary interpretation.
The Chronicles relate the life of the dictator, as it interacts with and responds to Austrian and German society, as well as the national and international political trends and events during the first half of the 20th century.
The Chronicles make no attempt at a speculative psychological interpretation of Hitler’s actions, rise to power and criminal acts based on his background and the social circumstances, but instead see the "Führer" as a willingly accepted ‘projection’ of a large part of the German nationalist circles.
In these traditionally authoritarian and ultimately ‘apolitical’ sections of society, Hitler’s actions and those of his followers express and highlight a latent chauvinistic consciousness, which ultimately led to the catastrophe of World War II and the Holocaust.
"This series stands out immediately as the quality of the material is different and as such, Hitler found his way into my catalogue for the first time in 20 years. Epoche Media have also introduced a whole new approach to dealing with history for today’s viewing audience," said Esther van Messel, CEO, First Hand Films.
"The series features limited narration used only to link events - you can’t stop yourself from seeing the tyrant’s blueprint and names of other dictators as they pop into your mind. The whole viewing experience including the carefully constructed sound track completely transports you to another era."
"You can get Hitler documentaries a dime a dozen and most are usually created featuring interviews with historians, eye witness accounts and a broad narration. It’s easy to look back with the historical knowledge we have accumulated to date, but we wanted to take a different approach and explore how Hitler was perceived by others in his day," added Thorsten Pollfuss, Producer and CEO, Epoche Media.
"As such, we relied only on original sources of material from that era and used very limited narration, so that the series would be powerful enough to transport viewers back in time to authentically ‘experience’ the Hitler era."