Chapter

Moloch

Jeremi Szaniawski

in The Cinema of Alexander Sokurov

Published by Columbia University Press

Published in print February 2014 | ISBN: 9780231167352
Published online November 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780231850520 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7312/columbia/9780231167352.003.0010
Moloch

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This chapter reviews the film Moloch (1999). Moloch is about a day in the life of Eva Braun and Adolf Hitler, circa 1942. The film serves as a dark parody of the book of Genesis, specifically the story of Adam and Eve. But unlike the innocence—soon to be smothered by the original sin—of the biblical characters, here Eva is a languid temptress awaiting physical love, while Hitler is a demented buffoon, midway between delusional delirium and a fear of the imminent fall. It is a paranoid, scrutinised, fear-ridden Nazi Eden that Sokurov gives us to behold. The term of the grotesque is important here: Hitler is aligned with Moloch, the Ammonite god described in the Old Testament. It is interesting to note that Sokurov claims to be interested in showing the dictator as a human being in this film.

Keywords: Moloch; Eva Braun; Adolf Hitler; parody; book of Genesis; Adam and Eve; grotesque; fear

Chapter.  9132 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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