Psychiatrists have been looking at architectural drawings by the late Adolf Hitler. Predictable enough they?
CU sketches of building (5 shots)
photograph of model of sam domed building
CU ZOOM out, sketch and picture of archway
CU sketch of column with statue
CU ZOOM out photograph of model facade of neo-Roman style building
CU photograph of Hitler pointing to wall of building
CU Museum official speaks.
TRANSCRIPT: "The psychiatrists have a term for it; it's called concretising one's fantasy, and he would take an idea, an idea for immortality..immortality..real immortality, ten thousand years, twenty thousand years of survival of himself and his Third Reich, and he would concretise it, or convert in into something concrete, and into an object, and into an object so huge that it would be guaranteed to survive the rigours of time. And that was the whole idea of it".
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Background: Psychiatrists have been looking at architectural drawings by the late Adolf Hitler. Predictable enough they have come to the conclusion that they were the work of a megalomaniac.
The drawings are on the show at the New York Cultural Centre and one art critic has equated them with "dozens of stupid Hollywood movies about the Nazi regime".
Other criticism flung at the work are: "Grandiose banalities" and "aesthetically illiterate".
The drawings spring from Hitler's post World War I period in Vienna when as a young man he failed to qualify for a place in a school of architecture and spent his spare time wandering around the old city, making sketches of some of the buildings.
Later, when he came to power, he turned his self-taught architectural background to constructing a grand plan for the new Third Reich. Not only did he wan to lay down the ideological foundations upon which the Third Reich should be built; he also wanted a say in the shape of the buildings that would be erected within it.
One of the officials at the Cultural Centre had this to say about the drawings: