• Short Summary

    Psychiatrists have been looking at architectural drawings by the late Adolf Hitler. Predictable enough they?

  • Description

    1.
    CU sketches of building (5 shots)
    0.19

    2.
    photograph of model of sam domed building
    0.24

    3.
    CU ZOOM out, sketch and picture of archway
    0.30

    4.
    CU sketch of column with statue
    0.35

    5.
    CU ZOOM out photograph of model facade of neo-Roman style building
    0.43

    6.
    CU photograph of Hitler pointing to wall of building
    0.50

    7.
    CU Museum official speaks.
    1.19


    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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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    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:

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA7UHOQ1Q3DP839K4BYSS3SE67Y
    Media URN:
    VLVA7UHOQ1Q3DP839K4BYSS3SE67Y
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/09/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:19:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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