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Mrs_Sweetpeach
Date: 2011-04-17 17:06
Subject: Interesting but depressing
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Location:Home and on my corner of the couch
Mood:contemplativecontemplative
Music:Third Reich
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I'm watching Third Reich on the History channel. I came in at what I think was the midway point of the first episode ("The Rise;" this one is called "The Fall.") The visuals were primarily filmed by amateurs with their personal film equipment. I find that aspect the most interesting, that and how much of the film was shot in color. Although I do wonder if some of what I'm seeing was colorized.

The propaganda films are stunning. I can tell they were filmed by professionals well versed in choreography and scripting.

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Amy Ranger
User: isherempress
Date: 2011-04-17 23:57 (UTC)
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I think those films were shot in color (though I shouldn't say if you weren't seeing colorized images, as I didn't watch it...). Anyway, Leni Riefenstahl was like the queen of Nazi propaganda stuff. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leni_Riefenstahl

BTW, you were meant to be impressed. Just think of how easy it was for [not only] the German people back in the day to believe that crap -- they wanted so hard to believe that Hitler was the answer and that someone else was to blame for their problems. The Americans believed it for a good long while, too.

Huh. Well looky here... who can we blame for our lousy situation today? (As in: which marginalized group will fit the bill!) xoxo
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User: wadjet_theperv
Date: 2011-04-18 06:55 (UTC)
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Well said. They really knew what they were doing. When the young German soldiers were captured they were terrified, and wouldn't take the chocolate and cigarettes the Allied soldiers gave them. They figured they'd be shot anyway because they'd been told the Allies didn't take prisoners.
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mainecoon76: sadynax' Brett!Holmes
User: mainecoon76
Date: 2011-04-18 13:31 (UTC)
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Keyword:sadynax' Brett!Holmes
Yes, they were professionals. This reminds me of the old black-and-white version of "Der Schimmelreiter" I once rented from my local video store. The book is a haunting 19th century novella by Theodor Storm (I understand it's been translated as "The Dykemaster") and one of my favourite pieces of German fiction. But I hadn't realized I had wandered into the "historic stuff" section, and the video I rented turned out to be a Nazi propaganda film. The result was really disturbing. They had taken this beautiful piece of literature and inserted some blatant and very nasty Propaganda issues. They certainly knew what they were doing.

But then, they had to. Propaganda is a basic skill for dictatorial regimes, after all.

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