The Vikings (1958) – 3 stars out of 5
Outrageous action flick, but for the era surprisingly historically accurate details of costume and sets. Except of course Janet Leigh’s garments, particularly that bullet bra physique. Still all that footage of the Sognefjord redeems any flaws; truly one of the loveliest places in the world.
Blind Spot: Hitler’s Secretary (2002) – 5 stars out of 5
Amazing interview. Highly recommended documentary.
“You know, I never had the feeling that he was conscious of pursuing criminal aims. For him they were ideals. For him they were great goals. And human life meant nothing to him in comparison. But that only became so apparent to me afterwards. You see, in the inner circle surrounding him, in his private sphere, I was shielded from the megalomaniac projects and the barbaric measures. That was the awful thing, that’s what gave me such a shock later, when I realized what had been happening. When I started working there I thought I was at the source of information and, in fact, I was in a blind spot. … And that was the great illusion… the great lie that I had made myself believe.”
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A couple further thoughts: I think The Vikings must have been an influence on Peter Jackson and his Lord of the Rings, particularly in the aspect of dramatic natural setting aiding believability.
Found this interesting academic paper abstract: “Long Ships and Short Loincloths: Manhood, Territory, and Cold War Anxiety in The Vikings (1958)”