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ICH WILL! (I WANT!) sounds like a call to arms for a children’s revolution. In the context of Hitler’s Boy Scouts, it asserts expectations of an inheritance no previous generation of German youth had ever dared demand. The title of avant-garde filmmaker Kenneth Anger’s new work, which made its debut at the Donau Festival in Krems, Austria, this past spring, ICH WILL! appears superimposed on footage of a Hitlerjugend rally in Landsberg, Bavaria, in the late 1930s, and echoes the fiery letters heralding the demonic invocation in F. W. Murnau’s Faust (1926). The self-sacrificing pact between the youth of Germany and their führer is dramatized in Anger’s astonishing montage of propaganda films, newsreels, and vintage home movies that he assembled over the past decade. The Hitler Youth, marching toward a future that belongs to them, arrive at a rally that looks like the world’s end. Their

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