By David Hiltbrand
Updated November 20, 1989 12:00 PM


Must be something in the water. On one night (Sun., Nov. 19) two cable documentaries trace the rise of Adolf Hitler. The Discovery Channel offers the exhaustive, three-hour Hitler: The Whole Story (7 P.M. ET). With insightful narration and extraordinary footage of the Führer at mammoth Nazi rallies, the film (released internationally as Hitler—A Career) presents the German dictator as the first modern political manipulator, enormously image-conscious, surrounded by cameramen. A&E counters (8 P.M. ET) with The Fatal Attraction of Adolf Hitler, a two-part film that is more personal, including interviews with intimates and followers. Both documentaries make for interesting television—essentially because Hitler’s disturbing magnetism is still puissant on film.