The Goebbels Experiment (2005)
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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.
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.
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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.
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