Forbidden Films

6.81 h 34 min20157+
1,200 feature films were made in Germany's Third Reich. According to experts, some 100 of these were blatant Nazi propaganda. Nearly seventy years after the end of the Nazi regime, more than 40 of these films remain under lock and key. Director Felix Moeller interviews German film historians, archivists and filmgoers in an investigation of cinema when used for ideological purposes.
Felix Moeller
Oskar RoehlerMoshe Zimmerman
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Gregory E. MartinReviewed in the United States on August 1, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
They also could still be useful propaganda for Right Wing extremists of today
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A film that will grant insight into the subtle and pervasive use of propaganda by Hitler and his main media spokesman, Goebbels. There were many films created during the hey day of Nazism that portrayed stereotypes of Jews, French, English, Poles, etc. Films that were not as grotesques as you might imagine, but films that were nuanced and which were effective in shaping the thoughts of the intended audience.
The Nazi regime was probably one of the most effective political machines to employ the cinema to advance its ideology. I learned that there are many films created during the period (1933-1945) that are stored in guarded vaults in Germany and which are considered too controversial to be shown even today. Why?? I guess they still pack emotional and slanted views that could be misused/misinterpreted today. They also could still be useful propaganda for Right Wing extremists of today. Hence, certain of these films are kept under lock and key. Something I did not know.
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Carolyn E.Reviewed in the United States on May 15, 2019
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More analysis and opinions, we get what happened! Would have liked to have seen the movie clips.
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Would like to have seen more movie clips to see the film's and what was going on at that time in our history. Instead of the usual talking heads opinions. We all have one by now about Hitler, his men, and their decisions.
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James SchenReviewed in the United States on September 17, 2018
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Michael DobeyReviewed in the United States on November 28, 2020
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Great doc on nazi banned films
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Great documentary about banned nazi films. Are they still good propaganda weapons ? How good are they ? Some are very good entertainment wise as they were made by skilled movie makers. Others are pure hate. This gives both sides to showing these films today.
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