CAST: Various DIRECTOR: Rudiger Suchsland TUESDAY FILM SERIES
Hitler's Hollywood collages key films from the more than 1000 features the Nazis produced from 1933-1945: musicals, melodramas, romances, costume dramas, war films and when the real war got tough, insanely lavish, over-the-top fantasies. The German volk were portrayed as happy and sporty with lives of exaggerated cheerfulness or, conversely, full of morbid yearning for a death that would serve the Fatherland. Hannah Arendt gives perspective and context: One of the chief characteristics of modern masses (is) they do not trust their eyes and ears, but only their imaginations. What convinces masses are not facts, not even invented facts, but only the consistency of the illusion. It's a frightening insight that could just as easily apply to the American political landscape today.
A cavalcade of images, icons and ideas that, while less innovative, are every bit as eye-popping in their own way as The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Nosferatu, and Metropolis are in theirs.Godfrey Cheshire, RogerEbert.com
"Hitler's Hollywood" is a nightmare and a warning in the least expected package: a cinema studies crash-course. It's up to us in the audience to learn from it.Jordan Hoffman, Times of Israel
Expands..seeing more of Goebbels' propaganda films...to burlesque comedies and musicals...That Third Reich was cinematic self-delusion is intriguing but repeats the obvious.Nora Lee Mandel, Maven's Nest