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

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

by Hilmar Hoffmann
     
 

ISBN-10: 1571810668

ISBN-13: 9781571810663

Pub. Date: 01/01/1996

Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated

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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,

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"This book has no scholarly equivalent in English." · Choice

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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781571810663
Publisher:
Berghahn Books, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/01/1996
Pages:
274
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.63(d)
Lexile:
1420L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Preface
1The Symbolic Value of Flags and Banners1
2The Flag in Feature Films43
3Reasons for the Rise of Hitler61
4Film Propaganda in the Third Reich74
5The Nonfictional Genres of Nazi Film Propaganda115
The Cultural and Educational Film115
The Documentary135
The Compilation Film161
The Newsreel192
Select Bibliography248
Index of Names250
Index of Film Titles255

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