One Hundred Years of Evil
Blurring the demarcations of reality and fiction, One Hundred Years of Evil transforms established history into subjective truthiness. What if Adolf Hitler didn’t die in his Berlin bunker but ended up in the United States along with the German rocket scientists who helped America compete in the space race? Directors Erik Eger and Magnus Oliv plug this premise into an investigative storyline: a documentary crew follows Swedish academic Skule Antonsen (Jon Rekdal) as he tracks down elusive Hitler doppelgänger Adolf Munchenhauser. This Adolf is portrayed as both a buffoon and the überpersuasive manipulator of important people (Joseph McCarthy) and events (Cuban Missile Crisis), but it’s his effect on Skule that drives the film. Antonsen begins as an inquisitive scientist researching the mechanism of lying, and becomes a committed conspiracy theorist and relentless Nazi hunter. So what’s the biggest revelation in this mockumentary? That an expert on deception can be undone by his unwavering belief in the absolute truth.
Review by Serena Donadoni
Released on May 18, 2012
Originally appeared in Indiewire.