I’ll just put this out there. I completely understand if you would rather watch grass grow than stuff like this.
I don’t typically watch violent movies. For these shows, I just turned my head when ghoulish things happened, which meant I spent about 60 percent of the evening staring at the carpet.
Why were these so compelling to me? I guess I’m just looking for insight. Or something. I don’t know, actually.
If you’ve never watched Francis Ford Coppola’s Godfather trilogy, now would be a good time to see how a crime family emerges, rises to power, and destroys pretty much everything in its path. Including itself.
Hitler’s Circle of Evil is a combination of documentary and docudrama. It’s not the greatest production, but the scholars do a good job of laying out the details. We see the world’s most despicable men do the most despicable things—while stadiums full of jacked-up fans cheer them on. The focus here is on the goons closest to Hitler—Goebbels, Himmler, Goering, Speer, Heydrich, Bormann, Hess—and their intricate relationships and motivations.
Hitler had the ability to attract the most awful people. I’ve heard these names all my life, but now I see what exactly they brought to Team Doom.
They all suck. They are all monsters.
There is much in here to glean about the psychology of liars, sadists, sycophants, brown-nosers, narcissists, and megalomaniacs. It bears watching even if it’s unbearable to watch.
What’s that saying from George Santayana? Oh, right: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” It helped me to watch these, believe it or not.