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The Triumph of Propaganda

Film and National Socialism 1933-1945

Hilmar Hoffmann
Translated from the German by John Broadwin and Volker R. Berghahn.

272 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-57181-066-3 $120.00/£85.00 Hb Published (December 1995)

ISBN  978-1-57181-122-6 $34.95/£24.00 Pb Published (August 1997)

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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 the German Film Museum in Frankfurt. He is Honorary Professor of Film Studies at Marburg University, an Honorary Member of Tel Aviv University, and a member of the panels of judges for the Moscow, Karlsbad, Locarno, and Cannes film festivals. For twenty years he served on the City Council of Frankfurt, where he as responsible for cultural affairs. He has been President of the Goethe Institutes since 1993.

Subject: WWII History Film Studies
Area: Germany

LC: PN1995.9.N36 H6413 1996

BL: YC.1996.a.1600

BISAC: HIS027100 HISTORY/Military/World War II; PER004000 PERFORMING ARTS/Film & Video/General; HIS014000 HISTORY/Europe/Germany

BIC: HBWQ Second World War; JPVN Propaganda




Contents

Preface

Chapter 1. The Symbolic Value of Flags and Banners
Chapter 2. The Flag in Feature Films
Chapter 3. Reasons for the Rise of Hitler
Chapter 4. Film and Propaganda in the Third Reich

Chapter 5. The Nonfictional Genres of Nazi Film Propaganda

  • The Cultural and Educational Film
  • The Documentary
  • The Compilation Film
  • The Newsreel

Select Bibliography
Index of Names
Index of Film Titles

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