Triumph of Propaganda: Film and National Socialism, 1933-1945

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Overview

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The Nazis saw film as a major vehicle for both indoctrination and escapist pacification of the "masses"; in fact, Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels tried to create a German counter-Hollywood. This highly acclaimed study, by one of Germany's leading commentators and authors on cultural policy, analyses the pictorial and spoken language of the various film genres in the Third Reich, including news reels, documentaries, feature and "cultural" films. It shows how a powerful and sinister propaganda machine emerged which, by deploying a wide range of psychological techniques, exerted a strong fascination on the masses. These methods were so successful that they continue to serve as models for totalitarian régimes to this day.

Hilmar Hoffmann is the founder of the Oberhausen International Film Festival and of theGerman Film Museum in Frankfurt. He is Honorary Professor of Film Studies at MarburgUniversity, an Honorary Member of Tel Aviv University, and a member of the panels of judgesfor the Moscow, Karlsbad, Locarno, and Cannes film festivals. For twenty years he served on theCity Council of Frankfurt, where he as responsible for cultural affairs. He has been President ofthe Goethe Institutes since 1993.

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Seeing German film during the Third Reich as a powerful and sinister tool for both indoctrination and escapist pacification, analyses the pictorial and spoken language to identify the psychological techniques used in the various genres, including news reels, documentaries, features, and cultural films. Two chapters focus on the role of flags, and another explains the rise of Hitler. Not illustrated. No subject index. First published as Und die Fahne fuhrt uns in die Ewigkeit in 1988 by Fischer Taschenbuch Verlag in Frankfurt am Main. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781571810663
  • Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/1996
  • Pages: 274
  • Lexile: 1420L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Hilmar Hoffmann is the founder of the Oberhausen International Film Festival and of theGerman Film Museum in Frankfurt. He is Honorary Professor of Film Studies at MarburgUniversity, an Honorary Member of Tel Aviv University, and a member of the panels of judgesfor the Moscow, Karlsbad, Locarno, and Cannes film festivals. For twenty years he served on theCity Council of Frankfurt, where he as responsible for cultural affairs. He has been President ofthe Goethe Institutes since 1993.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 The Symbolic Value of Flags and Banners 1
2 The Flag in Feature Films 43
3 Reasons for the Rise of Hitler 61
4 Film Propaganda in the Third Reich 74
5 The Nonfictional Genres of Nazi Film Propaganda 115
The Cultural and Educational Film 115
The Documentary 135
The Compilation Film 161
The Newsreel 192
Select Bibliography 248
Index of Names 250
Index of Film Titles 255
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