Cultural History Through a National Socialist Lens: Essays on the Cinema of the Third Reich

Robert Reimer, Robert Charles Reimer
Camden House, 2002 - 301 pages
This collection of essays offers a view of Nazi Germany through an analysis of twenty films, representing a sampling of the period's directors and reflecting the film medium's major genres. In spite of the control that Goebbels's film industry exercised over all aspects of filmmaking in the Third Reich, the films reveal an individuality that belies subsuming them under any one rubric or containing them within any one theory. Films such as Hitlerjunge Quex, Die große Liebe, and Auf Wiedersehen Franziska represent the Nazi film industry's efforts to propagandize through entertainment. Others such as Immensee, Kleider machen Leute, and Der Schimmelreiter reveal an attempt to expropriate Germany's rich literary past for the regime. These literary adaptations and films like Glückskinder, La Habanera, and Der Kaiser von Kalifornien today seem void of Nazi ideology if viewed outside the context of Nazism. But another film, Der ewige Jude, shocks us with its virulent anti-Semitism and hateful propaganda almost sixty years after its release. All of the films treated, regardless of their fame or notoriety or the level of commitment of their directors to the Nazi cause, played an important role in a cinema that not only represents the dreams and lives of the citizens of the Third Reich, but influenced them as well. Robert C. Reimer is professor of German at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte.

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Introduction Modernity Writ German
Reflections of Weimar Cinema in the Nazi Propaganda Films
Luis Trenkcr A Rebel in the Third Reich? Der Rebell
The Director and the Diva The Film Musicals of Detlef Sierck
Fear of Flying Education to Manhood in Nazi Film Comedies
Far Away So Close Carl Froelichs Heimat
A Cinematic Construction of Nazi AntiSemitism
Escaping Home Leni Riefenstahls Visual Poetry in Tieland
Literary Nazis? Adapting NineteenthCentury German
The Spectacle of War in Diegrofie Liebe
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