The Boston Globe reviews tonight’s Cinemax premiere of The Hidden Fuhrer: Debating the Enigma of Hitler’s Sexuality. The review’s opening graph reads like European porno. Apt.
Two young men are hiking in the wilderness. Suddenly the skies open up, buckets of rain fall, and they take breathless refuge in a cozy farm hut. August lays a dry cloth on the hay, and his friend strips down and wraps himself in the cloth. “He was highly amused by the whole venture,” August recalls, “whose romantic conclusion pleased him greatly. Besides, we were nice and warm by now.”
Linda Stasi in the New York Post finds the doc “quite compelling. . . Is it necessary to know what his sexuality was all about? It’s probably good to know as much as we can about anyone who’s made such a dent in history.”
When Hitler was arrested early on in his career, he shared a cell with Rudolph Hess (known at the time as “Frueline Anna”), who became one of his closest allies. They were reprimanded by the prison warden for running around naked and not maintaining decorum. One scholar maintains that they were merely shirtless.