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The Goebbels Experiment (2005)



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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 documentary which draws upon Goebbels' own journals and rare archival to craft a portrait of his private side, including his passion for the Nazi cause, his devotion to Hitler, his battle with depression, his dramatic mood swings, and his severe contempt for anyone who did not live up to his standards. Kenneth Branagh narrates the English language version of the film. ~ Mark Deming, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Art House & International, Special Interest
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Written By: Kenneth Branagh, Michael Kloft, Lutz Hachmeister
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 23, 2006
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All Critics (22) | Top Critics (9)

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

Full Review… | November 11, 2005
Boston Globe
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 13, 2005
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.

Full Review… | August 12, 2005
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
New York Post
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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.

Full Review… | August 12, 2005
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).

Full Review… | August 11, 2005
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Audience Reviews for The Goebbels Experiment

A fascinating, train-wreck of a documentary of the rise and fall of Nazi Germany. The doc does a fine job of showing the slow, momentous build-up of support the Nazi party garnered in a fractured Germany by using actual exerpts of Geobbels' diary. It clearly shows the rabid and fanatic public following of these leaders. While not "all" of Germany supported this regime, at its peak -- 90% of German peoples DID support it -- and that is scary. This is a muted horror that one interested in history cannot turn away from -- it is shock and awe. The precipitous fall of the regime is barely contained in the footage as Goebbels' diary cleary was no longer at the top of his priority list; but that makes it all the more horrifying and desperate. The minds of the duluded masses my never be understood; but this is the most open invitation to the inner-workings of one of their minds that I have ever come across. For WWII buffs, this is one that should not be missed.

I was rather surprised and impressed at how fascinating and captivating this film was. Goebbels was a passionate, poetic genius of a man. It was also refreshing to see a documentary about him without being inundated with excessive anti-Nazi propaganda.

wicked Abintra

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