(30 minutes) USA
Director/Producer: Jay Rosenblatt
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This award winning film illustrates the banality of evil by creating intimate portraits of five of the 20th century's most reviled dictators: Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, Joseph Stalin, Francisco Franco and Mao Tse Tung. Showing the private and mundane details of their everyday lives-- their favorite foods, films, habits and sexual preferences, the film reveals their personalities and psychological make up. Without any mention of their public lives or of their place in history, Human Remains addresses the horrors for which these men were responsible from an novel angle - even finding use for irony and occasional humor. Although based on historical figures, Human Remains is contemporary in its implications, inviting the viewer to confront the nature of evil.

Jay Rosenblatt has been making films since 1980. He is a recent recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Rockefeller Fellowship. His films have won many awards and have screened throughout the world. These films explore our emotional and psychological cores. They are personal in their content yet universal in their appeal. His newest film, King of the Jews, was screened at Sundance and recently won the Grand Prize at the USA Film Festival. Human Remains won an award at the Sundance Film Festival and has thus far gone on to win 26 awards. The Smell of Burning Ants won Grand Prize at the 1995 Hamburg International Short Film Festival and went on to win 22 additional awards. Jay recently screened these films in a Cineprobe at MOMA in NY. Jay is originally from New York and has lived in San Francisco for many years. He has been a film and video production instructor since 1989 at various film schools in the Bay Area, including Stanford University, S.F. State University, S.F. Art Institute and the College of San Mateo.

Jay Rosenblatt
Locomotion Films
4159 20th Street
San Francisco, CA 94114

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