Russia, France, Germany, Japan, Italy, Lenfilm, Goskino of Russia, Fusion Product (Japan), zero film (Germany), with participation of: Filmboard Berlin / Brandenburg GmbH (Germany), Fondation Monteсinemaverita (Switzerland), 107 minutes
Restored by Lenfilm with the participation of Gosfilmofond. DCP
Director: Aleksandr Sokurov
Scriptwriter: Yuri Arabov
Directors of photography: Aleksey Fedorov, Anatoly Rodionov
Cast: Elena Rufanova, Leonid Mozgovoy, Elena Spiridonova, Irina Sokolova (Leonid Sokol), Vladimir Bogdanov, Sergey Razhuk.
The film features music by Ludwig van Beethoven, Gustav Mahler, and Richard Wagner.
“Moloch” is the first film by Aleksandr Sokurov from his so-called tetralogy of power, dedicated to the people on whom the course of world history depended at one time or another (“Moloch” (1999), “Taurus” (2000), “The Sun” (2005), “Faust" (2011)). The film shows one day in the life of Adolf Hitler and those close to him - Eva Braun, Martin Bormann, Joseph and Magda Goebbels - spent in the mountain residence Kehlsteinhaus ("Eagle's Nest").
Sokurov addressed this topic for the first time in his film “Sonata for Hitler”, where the main conclusion went something like this: the origins of Nazism lie in the plight and humiliation of the people, who are always waiting with particular hope for the coming of the Messiah who promises to make them happy. That is why dreams about the future are so important for understanding the film: dreams are the fulfillment of desires that the unhappy person sees.
However, when one watches the film, the main question that arises is who in this story appears as Moloch, the deity to whom children’s lives are sacrificed by putting them through fire.
The first, most natural and simple answer is Adolf Hitler. It is he, having taken the place of the pagan Wotan in the heavenly world, who demands more and more sacrifices.
Hitler is the first incarnation of Moloch, the historical one. It is with the consciousness of the most unhappy and at the same time the happiest with his misfortune that he looks so caricatured, funny, and most importantly, dependent, and inconsistent. In the film, Hitler is a hapless little god, capricious and with many phobias, and at some point one gets the feeling that he was, rather, assigned to this role by someone.
The second incarnation of the deity is ideological. Moloch is the very idea of a great Germany, of the Millennial Reich, to which millions are sacrificed, including the "heaven-dwellers" themselves. All are its victims: both innocent ones and those who try to serve it.
“Moloch” was restored together with the Lenfilm studio especially for the festival.
The first part of Aleksandr Sokurov’s "tetralogy of power". One day in the life of the dictator Adolf Hitler. In the spring of 1942, he visits his beloved Eva Braun at the castle on Mount Kehlsteinhaus.