The Goebbels Experiment

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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, Rovi

Cast

Kenneth Branagh
as Narrator (English Version)
Udo Samel
as Narrator (German Version)

Critic Reviews for The Goebbels Experiment

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

    Nov 11, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Aug 12, 2005 | Rating: 4/5
  • Kenneth Branagh's fierce narration of Joseph Goebbels's di aries makes The Goebbels Experiment a visceral documentary.

    Aug 12, 2005 | Rating: 3/4
  • 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.

    Aug 12, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • 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).

    Aug 11, 2005 | Full Review…

    Derek Elley

    Variety
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  • 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.

    Aug 9, 2005 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Goebbels Experiment

  • Aug 12, 2009
    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 A Super Reviewer

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