In 1917, the film industry lended its
wholehearted support to the war effort. Films like this one
demonized the German people, portraying them as brutal, callous and stupid.
Triumph of the Will
In 1934, Adolf Hitler asked Leni Reifenstahl to
film the Nazi Party's annual rally in Nuremberg. The result was Triumph of the
Will, a movie that is widely recognized as a classic work of propaganda.
Stepping Up Production
During the Second World War, Disney and Warner Brothers
produced hundreds of propaganda films. This light-hearted clip calls on citizens to
make sacrifices for the war.
Daffy Goes to War
transfer technique is a staple of political
propaganda. This short clip bolsters the war effort (represented by Daffy Duck) by
evoking the courage and moral authority of respected figures in U.S. history.
A Big Bunch of Atom Bombs
Although the Soviet Union and the United States were once allies,
their relationship had soured by the late 1940's. In this short
clip, a concerned citizen suggests that the Soviet Union should be attacked with nuclear
He Must Be A Communist
In 1949, the President of the University of Washington
argued that Communists should not be allowed to teach in
U.S. universities. This short
clip teaches people how to recognize Communists in their own communities.
During the repressive McCarthy era, many citizens
feared a Soviet invasion of the United States. This clip
from Red Nightmare dramatizes Communist subversion of the American family.
Oppressor and Oppressed
Anti-communists certainly do not have a monopoly on propaganda.
This clip is taken from a public access television show produced by the
Communist Party of the United States of America