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The ministry of illusion : Nazi cinema and its afterlife, Eric Rentschler

Label
The ministry of illusion : Nazi cinema and its afterlife
Title
The ministry of illusion
Title remainder
Nazi cinema and its afterlife
Statement of responsibility
Eric Rentschler
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
German cinema of the Third Reich, even a half-century after Hitler's demise, still provokes extreme reactions. More than a thousand German feature films that premiered during the reign of National Socialism survive as mementoes of what many regard as film history's darkest hour. As Eric Rentschler argues, however, cinema in the Third Reich emanated from a Ministry of Illusion and not from a Ministry of Fear. Party vehicles such as Hitler Youth Quex and anti-Semitic hate films such as Jew Suss may warrant the epithet "Nazi propaganda," but they amount to a mere fraction of the productions from this era. The vast majority of the epoch's films seemed to be "unpolitical"--Melodramas, biopics, and frothy entertainments set in cozy urbane surroundings, places where one rarely sees a swastika or hears a "Sieg Heil." Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels, Rentschler shows, endeavored to maximize film's seductive potential, to cloak party priorities in alluring cinematic shapes. Hitler and Goebbels were master showmen enamored of their media images, the Third Reich was a grand production. The Nazis were movie mad, and the Third Reich was movie made. Rentschler's analysis of the sophisticated media culture of this period demonstrates in an unprecedented way the potent and destructive powers of fascination and fantasy. Nazi feature films--both as entities that unreeled in moviehouses during the regime and as productions that continue to enjoy wide attention today--show that entertainment is often much more than innocent pleasure [Publisher description]
Cataloging source
DLC
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Rentschler, Eric
Dewey number
791.43/75/0943
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PN1995.9.N36
LC item number
R46 1996
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • bibliography
  • filmographies
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • National socialism and motion pictures
  • Motion pictures
  • Motion pictures in propaganda
  • Cinéma
  • Cinéma dans la propagande
  • Nazisme et cinéma
  • Filmkunst
  • Nationaal-socialisme
  • Propaganda
  • Film
  • Propaganda
  • Deutschland
Label
The ministry of illusion : Nazi cinema and its afterlife, Eric Rentschler
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages [389]-444) and index
  • Filmography: p[272]-292
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
34355001
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvi, 456 pages
Isbn
9780674576407
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk.paper)
Lccn
96011731
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)34355001
Label
The ministry of illusion : Nazi cinema and its afterlife, Eric Rentschler
Publication
Bibliography note
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages [389]-444) and index
  • Filmography: p[272]-292
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
34355001
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvi, 456 pages
Isbn
9780674576407
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk.paper)
Lccn
96011731
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)34355001

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