Runtime: 105 minutes
Director: Barry Hershey, Jay Roach, William Dance
Producer: Jay Roach, David D. Johnson, William Dance
Previously released by Lions Gate Films as The Empty Mirror, this director’s cut is now being released under its original title of A. Hitler on the 15th anniversary of its world premiere at the Cannes International Film Festival. The film, by writer/director Barry J. Hershey, is a phantasmagoric journey into the darkest recesses of the mind of Adolf Hitler. In a dreamlike subterranean environment removed from historical time, Adolf Hitler confronts the demons of his psyche. As he dictates his memoirs, Hitler encounters apparitions of his fiendish confidant, Joseph Goebbels; his enigmatic mistress, Eva Braun; the mastermind of his military campaigns, Hermann Goering; Jewish psychoanalyst, Sigmund Freud; and a mysterious Woman in Black. Through haunting images, Hitler’s stream-of-consciousness soliloquies and exchanges with his phantom guests, A. Hitler presents a terrifying primer on genius and psychosis, domination and destruction. The action unfolds amidst a flow of streaming archival film footage inter-cut with images from Leni Riefenstahl’s masterpiece of Nazi propaganda, Triumph Of The Will, and private home movies shot by Hitler’s lover, Eva Braun.