Reichsorchester: The Berlin Philharmonic and the Third Reich
  • Reichsorchester: The Berlin Philharmonic and the Third Reich
  • Reichsorchester: The Berlin Philharmonic and the Third Reich

Reichsorchester: The Berlin Philharmonic and the Third Reich

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Director: Enrique Sanchez Lansch

Cast: Enrique Sanchez Lansch, The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

     
 

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Of the millions who have enjoyed performances by the Berlin Philharmonic, few are aware of a dark and disturbing chapter from that orchestra's history. For the said symphony, the period of 1933 through 1945 remains inextricably intertwined with the rise of the Third Reich. That era witnessed the philharmonic, under the baton of Wilhelm Fürtwangler, culling financial… See more details below

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Of the millions who have enjoyed performances by the Berlin Philharmonic, few are aware of a dark and disturbing chapter from that orchestra's history. For the said symphony, the period of 1933 through 1945 remains inextricably intertwined with the rise of the Third Reich. That era witnessed the philharmonic, under the baton of Wilhelm Fürtwangler, culling financial support from the Reich Ministry for Popular Enlightenment and Propaganda and blasting out national socialist anthems as a mouthpiece for Adolf Hitler's Germany. In what might seem an unusual step, the Philharmonic opted to commemorate its 125th anniversary by formally acknowledging this controversial period with Enrique Sanchez Lansch's documentary The Reichsorchester: The Berlin Philharmonic and the Third Reich. The film hones in on the orchestra during the said era, and profiles the lives, personalities and destinies of its many individual members at that time. Throughout, Lansch returns time and again to a central idea: the fact that the performers (by virtue of their proximity to Nazi leadership) were encouraged to divest themselves of individual responsibility and accountability in favor of loyalty to the Reich and its principles. Lansch couples a substantial amount of archival footage with interviews with the surviving orchestra members to provide a unique window of insight into life in the Nazi era.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/26/2008
UPC:
0807280145397
Original Release:
2008
Rating:
NR
Source:
Arthaus Musik
Region Code:
0
Time:
1:30:00

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Reichsorchester: The Berlin Philharmonic and the Third Reich
1. The Philharmonic Declarde "Reichsorchester" [5:43]
2. Jewish Members of the Orchestra [8:36]
3. Political Takeover [4:15]
4. "Party Hacks" in the Orchestra [7:51]
5. Privileges [9:12]
6. Tours Abroad [8:52]
7. Bombs Falling on Berlin [6:48]
8. Berlin Frontlines: Philharmonic Plays On [6:05]
9. Final Months of the War [3:06]
10. Fresh Start and Denazification Process [6:45]
11. The Aftermath [11:29]
12. Finale, For Now [8:15]

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