2017, Rüdiger Suchsland, Germany, 105 min.
- Fri, Mar 9th 2:00pm
- Wed, Mar 14th 6:00pm
Historian/filmmaker Suchsland, who surveyed Weimar-era cinema in FROM CALIGARI TO HITLER (2014), continues his journey through German film history with this fascinating exploration of its darkest, most problematic period. Closely overseen by propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels, the Nazi film industry sought to become a second Hollywood - with state-of-the-art technology, a flourishing star system, and sophisticated marketing techniques aimed at a mass audience. Very few of the 1,000+ Nazi-produced films were overt propaganda, but, as Suchsland notes, almost none could be considered harmless entertainment, as they instilled state-supported values of duty, sacrifice, prejudice, and anti-individualism. With beautifully preserved excerpts, many in sumptuous color, the film revisits the Nazi cinema's great stars, its lavish blockbusters, and its now-obscure gems, such as the musical comedy WE MAKE MUSIC ("delightful, Lubitsch-like"), the proto-feminist BIG CITY MELODY, and the missing-person mystery COVERED TRACKS ("a great film noir"). In German with English subtitles. Courtesy of Kino Lorber, Inc. DCP digital. (MR)
This film will be shown in the original German-language version with English subtitles, not with English-language narration by Udo Kier as previously announced.