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THE GOEBBELS EXPERIMENT

2004, 107 minutes, German, Narrated in English by Kenneth Branagh

THE GOEBBELS EXPERIMENT lets the Nazi propaganda mastermind behind Hitler talk directly to you as actor Kenneth Branagh reads pages of the diary he kept without interruption from 1924 to 1945.

Joseph Goebbels (1897–1945) was a symbol of Germany’s Nazi regime and a twentieth-century icon of maniacal cruelty. His name has been synonymous with cynical, unscrupulous, and at times successful, propaganda. The life of Goebbels is far more complicated and disturbing than labels like "genius of spin" or "Reich Liar-General" would suggest. In their documentary, Lutz Hachmeister and Michael Kloft show for the first time how Goebbels continually "restaged" and reinvented himself – from his early days as a radical "popular socialist" to his tragic end.

The film lets Goebbels speak for himself through the diaries he kept, as never before seen historical footage from German archives traces the life of the second most powerful man of the Third Reich, detailing his initial attraction to the Nazi party and his adoration of Hitler. The result is a fascinating psycho-gram of a man who careened extravagantly between self-pity, wild extermination fantasies, and political excesses.


WRITTEN/DIRECTED BY Lutz Hachmeister, Michael Kloft
   
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY Hajo Schomerus
   
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR Christian Wagener
   
SOUND Marcello Busse, Rainer Gerlach, Kevin Granahan
   
SOUND MIX Tilo Busch
   
MUSIC Hubert Bittman
   
EDITING Guido Krajewski
   
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Thorsten Pollfuss
   
PRODUCTION AND RESEARCH ASSISTANTS Christian Wagener, Mathias von der Heide
   
ZDF EDITOR/EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Günter van Endert
   

 

Lutz Hachmeister was born in Minden in Westphalia on September 10, 1959. He studied communications in M√ľnster and Berlin, working as a journalist and media researcher after obtaining his doctorate. After serving as Director of the Grimme Institute from 1989-95, he has been writing and directing television reports and documentaries since 1996, and has been managing director of his own production company, HMR, since 2001. He teaches Media History and Politics and the Media at Dortmund University.
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