EW Staff
September 21, 1990 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Black Fox: The Rise and Fall of Adolph Hitler, an Oscar-winning documentary, attempts a cultural analysis of the Third Reich based on a premise it thinks is contrary to popular belief, namely that most Germans lived ”happily and with pride under one of the most brutal dictatorships the world has ever known.” The novelty in the execution is to alternate standard newsreel footage and historical chronology with passages from the popular German folktale about Reynard the Fox — a crafty forest politician — to illuminate the führer’s pipeline to his nation’s soul. Occasionally provocative. B-

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