Hitler: The Rise of Evil was a Canadian, two-part miniseries covering the rise
of Adolf Hitler
and the Nazi Party
. Starring Robert Carlyle
in the title role, the series shows how Hitler went from a lowly corporal in the German Army to Führer of Germany. Though an ambitious project, the series suffers from several historical inaccuracies
, as well as a bizarre lack of German accents
which would be prevalent in, you know, Germany!
This series provides examples of:
- Artistic License - History: One of the hallmarks of this series;
- The doctor who treated Hitler's mother for cancer is depicted as noticeably Hasidic, whereas he was likely indistinguishable from Christians.
- In the series, Hitler goes to Germany just on the outbreak of World War I in 1914. In reality, he moved to Germany in 1913.
- When Hitler was in the hospital, one of the doctor announced that Germany surrendered, when Germany only signed an armistice.
- British Nazis: Most notably Hitler, who is played by Robert Carlyle.
- Historical Villain Upgrade: Yes, this series manages to do this to Hitler, taking every aspect which might be considered positive, and tearing it to shreds. The medal he earned in WW1 is presented as a political gesture with no real military merit behind it. While in reality Hitler was known to be an animal lover, here he brutally bashes a dog's head in. He is implied to have an abusive sexual relationship with his niece. For all his many faults, there is no historical evidence whatsoever that Hitler was any kind of sexual deviant.
- Kick the Dog: Literally, after said dog humiliated Hitler in the trenches.
- Not Even Bothering with the Accent: Most of the actors.
- Translation Convention: Most of the signs and newspapers are in English.