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Nazi Cinema as Enchantment: The Politics of Entertainment in the Third Reich
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Nazi Cinema as Enchantment: The Politics of Entertainment in the Third Reich (Paperback)

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Hitler's regime not only terrorized its citizens; it also seduced them, offering stability, a traditional value system, a sense of belonging, and hope of a better standard of living. Nazi cinema was part of this seduction, expressing positive social fantasies and promoting the enchantment of reality, so that one would want to share in the dream at any price. This interdisciplinary study, based on exhaustive research in German archives, examines how thirteen films from five genres - the historical musical, the foreign adventure film, the home-front film, the melodrama, and the problem film - enchanted audiences and enacted shared stories that can tell us much about how family, community, history, the nation, and the war were imagined in Nazi Germany.



Mary-Elizabeth O'Brien is Professor of German at Skidmore College.

Film, TV & DramaFilms, cinemaFilm theory & criticismHistory & PoliticsMilitary HistorySecond World WarHistory & PoliticsRegional & national historyEuropean history Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd Publication Date: 01/02/2006 ISBN-13: 9781571133342  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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