The Goebbels Experiment (2004)
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Joseph Goebbels has often been cited as the man who did the most to help Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party rise to power; he was the architect of the party's propaganda machine and helped to craft the public image of Hitler as he became one of the most hated and feared leaders of his time, and masterminded the greatest crime of the 20th Century. However, while Hitler's life outside of politics has long been a subject of interest, less is known about Goebbels, and The Goebbels Experiment is a
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Lutz Hachmeister and Michael Kloft's fascinating documentary provides a chilling glimpse inside the brilliant but toxic mind of Joseph Goebbels via his extensive diaries.
Kenneth Branagh's fierce narration of Joseph Goebbels's di aries makes The Goebbels Experiment a visceral documentary.
Devoted family man, aspiring poet and petty whiner, the Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels depicted in Lutz Hachmeister's unusual documentary presents a compelling study of the banality of evil.
A well-chosen selection of pictures and archival footage, plus some modern sequences in color, concisely sketch the history of Germany during the 21 years Goebbels continuously kept a diary (1924-45).
The filmmakers largely take Goebbels's injunction against 'aestheticizing experimentation' to heart, eschewing dialectical montage and allowing the clips to merely illustrate the diary entries.
Although the film's conclusion is rushed and unsatisfying, "The Goebbels Experiment" is a priceless document of one of Nazi Germany's cruelest and most effective architects.
While the diary entries fascinate, it's the rarely seen footage that makes The Goebbels Experiment a must-see.
Something of a historical-publicity experiment, the film should only be played with by those who appreciated Downfall.
The star power in The Goebbels Experiment comes from Kenneth Branagh, who narrates, but it's the images that take hold.
What emerges is a view more complex than Goebbels's usual image, without any hint of revisionist excuse-making.
It is hard to go wrong when your research turned up reel after reel of Nazi era footage and dozens of audio tapes from the regime.
Director Lutz Hachmeister neatly hoists the Nazi lie on its own petard in this fascinatingly repellent character study of the Third Reich's most visionary and psycho propagandist.
What's absent from this spiteful, ridiculously melodramatic recitation of grudges and enthusiasms is any sign of either the eloquent orator considered second only to Adolf Hitler himself or the brilliant strategist who wrote the book on perverting public
This intimate look at Joseph Goebbels, Hitler's infamous Propaganda Minister, offers some surprises and a portrait that doesn't quite mesh with the one most people know.
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