Wednesday, October 15, 2008

A Touch of Evil

No, not the Welles classic,, but Blind Spot , the strangest, and one of the most gripping, documentaries I've ever seen. It's 90 minutes of an old woman talking -- that's it. But what words. She was Hitler's secretary, right up until his suicide, and while nothing she says is really new, seeing her calmly talking about that period, knowing she saw it, lived it, makes the whole thing riveting. And you can tell she's spent a lifetime thinking about it, analyzing it, letting the experience grow within her before she harvests the truth -- or at least, the truth she wants to harvest. She must have been extraordinarily strong, simpleminded, or oblivious to have been that close to the moral void and not been sucked in herself -- if, indeed, she wasn't.