The Empty Mirror

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The Empty Mirror
The Empty Mirror.jpg
Directed by Barry J. Hershey
Produced by William Dance
David D. Johnson
Jay Roach
Written by Barry J. Hershey
R. Buckingham
Starring Norman Rodway
Joel Grey
Camilla Soeberg
Music by John Frizzell
Cinematography Frederick Elmes
Edited by Marc Grossman
Production
company
Walden Woods Films
Distributed by Lionsgate
Release dates
  • November 1996 (1996-11)
Running time 118 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $4,688

The Empty Mirror is a 1996 film set in the underground Führerbunker where Adolf Hitler and his clan of loyal backers strive to outlast the destruction of the Third Reich.

Plot[edit]

The film is a fictional drama set within the scope of a delusional fantasy; that attempts to explore a psychotic scenario surrounding Adolf Hitler (Norman Rodway), as he interacts with Eva Braun (Camilla Soeberg), Hermann Göring (Glenn Shadix), Joseph Goebbels (Joel Grey), as well as psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud (Peter Michael Goetz) during a dictation of his memoirs to a military typist (Doug McKeon), while held up in his notorious withdrawn bunker. Hitler proclaims and authoritatively lays down his legacy and ideals while Nazi propaganda footage is proudly displayed in the background as a supporting element and testament to his madness. The film makes an effort to investigate Hitler's temperamental characteristics and to decipher the reasoning behind his derangement, as he reminisces about the past by expressing opinionated observations with the approval of his fellow ruthless subordinates.

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

Critical reaction to the film was generally mixed. Lawrence Van Gelder of The New York Times, commented, "Adolf Hitler may have been many things, but it seems unlikely that he was the colossal bore portrayed in the hyperthyroid hodgepodge of pseudo-psychotherapy."[1] Left unimpressed, Kevin Thomas of The Los Angeles Times mused, "There's lots of flashy visuals as punctuation, but they simply serve to underline the theatricality of this entire endeavor, which belongs on a stage, if anywhere at all, rather than a screen in the first place."[2] Alternatively on a positive front, Peter Stack of The San Francisco Chronicle exclaimed, "Rodway's bellowing, sometimes pleading tour-de-force is so extraordinary that it's almost scary to watch."[3] Similarly, Todd McCarthy of Variety Magazine remarked, "for anyone willing to ponder the specifics of Hitler's twisted mind and acts, there are elements here to engage the interest."[4]

Box Office[edit]

The film grossed $4,688 during a limited American release in May 1999.[5]

Awards[edit]

  • Best Narrative Film - New England Film Festival (1997)
  • Gold Award - Charleston Worldfest (1996)
  • Critics' Choice - Los Angeles AFI International Film Festival (1996)
  • Best Cinematography - Fantasporto Film Festival (1997)
  • Best Cinematography - Houston International Film Festival (1997)
  • Best First Feature - Houston International Film Festival (1997)
  • Lumiere Award - New Orleans International Film Festival (1997)
  • Medal of the President of the Republic of Italy - Salerno International Film Festival
  • Best Feature Film - Sinking Creek Film Festival (1997)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Empty Mirror, review by Lawrence Van Gelder, New York Times, May 7, 1999
  2. ^ Empty Mirror, review by Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times, May 7, 1999
  3. ^ Empty Mirror, review by Peter Stack, San Francisco Chronicle, May 21, 1999
  4. ^ Empty Mirror, review by Todd McCarthy, Variety Magazine, May 22, 1996
  5. ^ "The Empty Mirror (1999)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved July 6, 2011. 

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