Hitler has a passion for movies - including the products of Hollywood. (Two of his favorites were It Happened One Night and Gone with the Wind.)
William L. Shirer, Berlin Diary, Dec 1, 1940
That was the first bad thing I'd heard about [It Happened One Night]. I was shocked and started to analyze it, but I gave it up. But I resent it like the devil.
Frank Capra, 1941
In an entry from his diary for November 5, 1939, William Shirer makes the following observations, worth quoting at some length.
Hitler is a fiend for films, and on evenings when no important conferences are on or he is not overrunning a country, he spends a couple of hours seeing the latest movies in his private cinema room in the Chancellery. News-reels are a great favorite with him, and in the last weeks he has seen all those taken in the Polish war, including hundreds of thousands of feet which were filmed for the army archives and will never be seen by the public. He likes American films and many never publicly exhibited in Germany are shown him. A few years ago he insisted on having It Happened One Night run several times. Though he is supposed to have a passion for Wagnerian opera, he almost never attends the Opera here in Berlin. He likes the Metropol, which puts on tolerable musical comedies with an emphasis on pretty dancing girls. Recently he had one of the girls who struck his fancy to tea. But only to tea. In the evening, too, he likes to have in Dr. Todt, an imaginative engineer who built the great Autobahn network of two-lane motor roads and later the fortifications of the Westwall. Hitler, rushing to compensate what he thinks is an artistic side that was frustrated by non-recognition in his youthful days in Vienna, has a passion for architects' models and will spend hours fingering them with Dr. Todt. Lately, they say,