Sep 05

Fascism, Propaganda, and German Cinema

Sandy Frieden, Ph.D.

Nazi Germany first used hardcore propaganda in its efforts to win over the German people, but quickly pivoted to much more effective strategies in the approximately 1,100 films they made—appealing stories, melodramas, historical epics, comedies—all of which immersed viewers in Nazi values hidden behind the storylines but aimed at unquestioning dedication to the cause.

In this class, we will examine the catastrophic economic and social conditions that led an entire nation to value nationalistic pride, a strong leader, a need for order, a restoration of self-esteem, a yearning for military strength and fighting spirit (including dying on the battlefield) …and how those values are inscribed into the aesthetics of surprisingly engaging films.

Each film (with subtitles) will be watched in entirety during class and we will discuss its particular historical context and analyze its use of cinematic language to deconstruct its persuasive power.

Six-Week Course Schedule | Thursdays | 1 PM - 4 PM
Sept 05: Introduction and film clips

Sept 12: Triumph of the Will (1935)

Sept 19: Hitler Youth Quax (1933)

Sept 26: The Old and the Young King (1935)

Oct 03: The Adventures of Baron Münchhausen (1943)

Oct 10: Kolberg (1945)

This class will be held in-person at WIH



Class Tuition

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Price is per student. Class tuition is non-refundable.