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The Goebbels Experiment (2004)

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Average Rating: 6.7/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 1

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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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[A] weirdly enthralling film of excerpts from Goebbels's diaries.

November 11, 2005 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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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.

October 13, 2005 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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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.

August 12, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Kenneth Branagh's fierce narration of Joseph Goebbels's di aries makes The Goebbels Experiment a visceral documentary.

August 12, 2005
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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.

August 12, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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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).

August 11, 2005 Full Review Source: Variety
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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.

April 15, 2009 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
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While the diary entries fascinate, it's the rarely seen footage that makes The Goebbels Experiment a must-see.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

The star power in The Goebbels Experiment comes from Kenneth Branagh, who narrates, but it's the images that take hold.

February 16, 2006 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

A chilling and often illuminating portrait.

January 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

What emerges is a view more complex than Goebbels's usual image, without any hint of revisionist excuse-making.

November 23, 2005

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.

November 2, 2005 Full Review Source: Bangitout.com
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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

August 12, 2005 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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.

August 12, 2005 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Informative and illuminating.

August 11, 2005 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

A fascinating film that provides new insights into Goebbels' personality

August 10, 2005 Full Review Source: culturevulture.net
culturevulture.net

The assemblage of archival footage reveals itself as a rivetingly experimental evocation of the Nazi rise to power.

August 8, 2005 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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