May 18, 2009

The Goebbels Experiment (Lutz Hachmeister/Michael Kloft, 2004)

This is an amazing documentary with narration consisting entirely of excerpts from Goebbels diaries. Read by Kenneth Branagh and meticulously integrated with archival footage--this film presents one man's serious undertaking to achieve the utmost for his highest (Hitler). Goebbels takes the art of propaganda very seriously--both how their efforts are received amongst their own people; and how the rest of the world is reacting to their propagandistic efforts. We get into the war within Goebbel's head, which wavers and meandors, never quite knowing who is friend or foe. And we get some insights into Goebbel's the film critic as he pans and scans theatrical releases from within the walls of the Third Reich.