The Empty Mirror


1h 59m 1996

Brief Synopsis

An intellectual, psychological and historical exercise fuelling the basis of a hallucinatory psychodrama which provides Adolf Hitler with the dramatic opportunity to recapitulate, explain and analyze his insidious career. The virtual one-man performance piece imagines a postwar Hitler holed up in an

Film Details

Also Known As
Empty Mirror
MPAA Rating
PG-13
Genre
Drama
Period
Release Date
1996
Distribution Company
Lionsgate
Location
Burbank, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 59m

Synopsis

An intellectual, psychological and historical exercise fuelling the basis of a hallucinatory psychodrama which provides Adolf Hitler with the dramatic opportunity to recapitulate, explain and analyze his insidious career. The virtual one-man performance piece imagines a postwar Hitler holed up in an underground bunker dictating his memoirs to a blond officer, prodded by memories provided by the constant projection of movies documenting his glory years, and provoked by discussions with such inner-circle figures as Eva Braun, Hermann Goering and Josef Goebbels, as well as Sigmund Freud. Through Hitler's stream-of-consciousness soliloquies and his exchanges with phantom guests, the audience receives a terrifying primer on genius and psychosis, domination and destruction.

Film Details

Also Known As
Empty Mirror
MPAA Rating
PG-13
Genre
Drama
Period
Release Date
1996
Distribution Company
Lionsgate
Location
Burbank, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 59m

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Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 1998

Released in United States April 1998

Released in United States August 14, 1997

Released in United States January 29, 1997

Released in United States May 1996

Released in United States October 1996

Released in United States on Video September 2, 2003

Released in United States Spring May 7, 1999

Shown at Cannes Film Festival (Critics Week) May 9-20, 1996.

Shown at Cinequest 1998: The San Jose Film Festival January 29 - February 4, 1998.

Shown at USA Film Festival in Dallas April 16-23, 1998.

Feature directorial debut for award-winning academic and shorts filmmaker Barry J. Hershey.

Includes newsreel footage from the 1920s and 1930s, Nazi propaganda footage, Eva Braun's home movies, and images culled from Leni Riefenstahl's "Triumph des Willens/Triumph of the Will" (Germany/1935).

Released in United States 1998 (Shown at Cinequest 1998: The San Jose Film Festival January 29 - February 4, 1998.)

Released in United States January 29, 1997 (Shown in Los Angeles (American Cinematheque) as part of series "The Alternative Screen: A Forum For Independent Film Exhibition and Beyond..." January 29, 1997.)

Released in United States April 1998 (Shown at USA Film Festival in Dallas April 16-23, 1998.)

Released in United States May 1996 (Shown at Cannes Film Festival (Critics Week) May 9-20, 1996.)

Released in United States Spring May 7, 1999

Released in United States August 14, 1997 (Shown in Los Angeles (American Cinematheque) as part of series "The Alternative Screen: A Forum For Independent Film Exhibition and Beyond..." August 14, 1997.)

Released in United States on Video September 2, 2003

Released in United States October 1996 (Shown at AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival (United States) October 18-31, 1996.)