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Hitlers Hollywood

Hitlers Hollywood is a movie starring Rüdiger Suchsland, Rike Schmid, and Hans Henrik Wöhler. Rüdiger Suchsland examines German cinema from 1933, when the Nazis came into power, until 1945 when the Third Reich collapsed.

Other Titles
Hitlerin Hollywood, Hitler's Hollywood, Hitlers Hollywood: Das deutsche Kino im Zeitalter der Propaganda 1933 - 1945, Hitler's Hollywood: German Cinema in the Age of Propaganda 1933-45, Hitlerov Holivud, Hitlerin Hollywood. Saksalainen elokuva propagandan aikakaudella 1933-1945
Running Time
1 hours 45 minutes
480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Documentary, History
Rüdiger Suchsland
Rüdiger Suchsland
Rüdiger Suchsland, Hans Henrik Wöhler, Udo Kier, Rike Schmid
Audio Languages
Deutsch, English, Français, Italiano, Español, Svenska, Gaeilge, Nederlands
日本語, Čeština, Tiếng Việt, Português, 한국어, Australia, Filipino, हिन्दी

In Nazi Germany, film was considered a major medium for the Nazi Party propaganda machine. While pure propaganda material was not all that was produced by the domestic film industry, there still was a party line to be followed, especially with Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels having complete control over the content. This film explores a collection of the most significant artists involved in the medium with clips of the major films produced. Furthermore, the major themes and artistic boundaries of Nazi German films are presented from the regime's beginning in 1933 to its total defeat in 1945.

Comments about documentary «Hitlers Hollywood» (16)

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Theresa Evans

I saw this documentary on the network "PBS" (as I was looking for something to do), and it was very interesting. This was a movie that could have been made on a small budget, but it was done with a great deal of passion and accuracy. It's a great story about the Hollywood machine, and the people who work there. It shows how we see our way of life through the eyes of a lot of people who work there. For instance, it shows the people who work with the lighting and sound department, and how they work for the director of photography, and the people who work with the cast. It's an eye-opening look into the Hollywood machine and it's people. I highly recommend this documentary.

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Anna T.

I have read the book and as I did with The Fountainhead, I read the book. The book is completely different, it's original. The book, you would not expect a propaganda piece for Hitler. The book is a satire, and it's funny. There are so many factual errors in the book that most people would not notice. So if you don't notice them, than you are not a person who is able to take it serious. That is all I have to say about this film. I recommend this film to anyone who likes to read a book. It is very entertaining. People who do not like to read books should not watch this film. You will get a lot of enjoyment out of this film. I was entertained by it.

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Harold Harris

I enjoyed the film but would not call it a masterpiece. Afterall, I didn't like the documentary about Hitler and the Dachau concentration camp camp. As a general rule, documentary and historical films are rarely of the same caliber. However, The Legend of the Shining Path was very well done. If you are looking for a film to watch, give this one a chance.

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Gary D.

I just finished watching this documentary on the making of "The Trial of the Nazis" and I was really surprised. The documentary takes the viewer through the making of the film, as well as the film itself, from start to finish. The film is well-made, with well-acted performances, and very informative. There are a few things that were a little confusing to me, but I think they were just minor things. In the beginning, it seemed that the director was going to play around with the audio and video to make the film more "realistic" but I think that it actually worked out pretty well. Overall, I'd definitely recommend this documentary to anyone who wants to know more about the making of this film.

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Joe F.

I remember the early days of Hollywood with great amusement. The old television show "I Spy" had a host of cast members and when they all came together for the first time on-screen, their faces shone with genuine joy and reverence. This documentary on the making of the 1941 film "The Greatest Show on Earth" would have been a wonderful spectacle on the silver screen, but was short on the entertainment value. I saw the movie on television and thought it was very amusing. When I realized that it was being given to a new generation of film-goers, I was pleased. There is so much information on the making of the movie here and a wealth of information on the subject on the Internet. I felt that many of the subjects were discussed with a little more clarity than I had remembered from the film itself. They were of a kind of superficial depth and were easily overlooked. There were some things about the film which didn't jive with the cast or with the subject of "The Greatest Show on Earth." I felt that the ending of the movie was too rushed and too contrived. In fact, the movie is about as real as anything could be in the real world. I'm not sure that I would have ever seen this movie if I had known the ending at the time. I think that the film's cast and crew were at the top of their game, but there were still too many shortcuts. The final scene of the film, with the cast on the set, was even more apropos to me than the opening credits. The final comment on the film is not the greatest on earth, but I am sure that it is memorable, entertaining and worth seeing.

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Albert Kim

This is an excellent movie, absolutely a must see for any or all who cherish such a personal experience. It is, in my view, the most honest documentary about Hollywood history, including the murder of its founder, by people who had a personal reason to believe he would be killed. This film will probably be an eyesore to some, but only if one is truly detached from the films inherent falsity. I have never read "Der Fuhrer" by F.W. Nietzsche, but I have read other essays about Hitler, Hitler's personal life, and Hitler's battle for power and freedom. I found this film extremely fascinating and evocative. The viewer, however, should be in no way invested in the ideas that these three essays discuss. That is the sole purpose of this documentary. It is not supposed to persuade, but to convey the power of the real motivations behind those motives. The film could be argued that it did a superb job in doing this. I for one, liked it, but would have enjoyed it even more if I could have avoided all the exaggerations that ran rampant throughout the film. Even so, it was still a very effective film, and I would recommend it for the same reason. 8/10

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Joshua Owens

This film has a very nice feel and at the same time very topical as it talks about the recent war in Iraq, the war in Afghanistan, and the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. It also shows a sense of urgency and aggression on the part of the American government towards the world. The documentary is presented in a very calm, almost serious way. Some of the facts that come from the interviews are great. Other than that, the pace of the documentary is a little slow. A film that people will watch. And a film that should be watched.

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I was so thrilled to hear the acclaimed critic Mark Kermode calling this film "The Greatest Film About Hitler That I've Ever Seen." But I still had a hard time believing that a film with such a wide range of topics, even those with no political or racial undertone, could truly be at the top of the list. So I went to see it anyway. And what I saw was fascinating. What seemed like a collection of stories of minor characters developing around Hitler, is instead a broad range of views on his life and ideas. It's pretty hard to call a film about a person's life and ideas the greatest film that has ever been made. But here it is. A history film that took a far deeper look at a man and a country. I think that this is what the film really is, it's a deep look into the lives of a bunch of people. And it shows a lot more than any number of review pages can. I don't think I have ever seen a film so thorough. And it shows a lot of things that I didn't know, but I've never heard of. And if you want to learn more about Hitler, the Nazis and their ideas, go see this film. Just don't expect to be shocked like I was. Because it's a history film, not a political film. It's a look at Hitler's life, and his ideas, and his philosophies. And it's an intelligent look at his life and ideas. And you'll leave the film with an appreciation of a man and his ideas. If you don't like Hitler, and you don't want to know anything about him, then this film will not change your mind. But it will definitely make you think about a very important man in history, and a man you might never even heard of before. Because this is a story about a man and his ideas. And this film is really worth seeing, and I think you will enjoy it.

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Ryan C.

The movies set in the Second World War are rarely good. Many have tried and fail. To truly understand the pain and anguish that these men experienced, you have to see them speak about it. This movie is the third film about the Second World War. It is important to know the context of these men, and they speak about it for the first time. It is also important to understand that the war is a horrible experience. The stress, the psychological shock, and the isolation are all too real. And you never see the enemy. This movie offers a much needed perspective on the war, showing that every single one of these men was the target of an inhuman hatred. The contrast between the bravery of the British and the utter futility of the Germans is refreshing. The Germans were simple, smart, and incredibly efficient. The British were quite the opposite, having no military background and seemingly more concerned with snubbing German advances. These two groups were set apart from one another, and were subject to fear and ridicule. The Germans were shown to be the ones who were irrational and irrational sometimes. The Germans had no care for human life, and had a kind of "second nature" for killing. The British had a warlike mindset, and were well aware of their mistakes. It was the British who had the least to lose, and were more concerned with human life than the Germans. But the German war crimes were hidden by their military leadership. They were a minority, and the majority was on their side. So it was the Germans who were demonized, and the British who were the good guys. This movie is a huge relief from the average Hollywood war movies. Because of this, it is well worth seeing. These men are truly heroes, and I hope that this movie will show their true story to the rest of the world. It is interesting that the Nazis were largely forgotten during the war. There was little coverage of them, and their atrocities were hardly discussed. But in the 70's, the French and Americans uncovered their crimes and exposed them for what they were. This movie is a crucial step in the war crimes awareness. I hope that more movies will explore the subject.

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Debra R.

I'm not one of those people who don't like to take sides and hate Nazis, but I don't think it's right to blame them all for everything bad that happened in history. I'm not one of those people who don't like to see people suffer, but I am absolutely against the idea of seeing all of them as monsters and there is no place for that in my world. I love movies and I think there is no better way to appreciate them than to watch them as a big picture, and this movie is that. It's an incredible piece of art that should be seen by all people who are interested in art and history and who have the capacity to see it. It's a masterpiece that should be seen by everyone.

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Ralph Wheeler

When I heard this movie was going to be made I thought it would be very boring. But I was wrong. A very interesting film that also touches on the political situation in Germany and the beliefs of the people who were willing to take up arms to combat the Hitlerian regime. It goes through some interesting stories of how different people from different walks of life reacted to the war and the feeling of being thrown into chaos. I also loved the way they used the Internet and how it was used to show the different people's point of view. This was very powerful and is not something I would have ever seen in a documentary. But for some it does make it look like the Hitlerian regime was even worse than it actually was. I also loved how different the people in this film were. The ones who were actually willing to go to war were obviously of lower class and really not very educated. But some of the others were from a wealthier background and were willing to go. I also liked the way they showed how some people thought the soviet regime was good, while others thought it was a bad system. Overall this is a very interesting and entertaining film that shows that in a time of turmoil we must remember how things were before.

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This documentary is about how Adolf Hitler, his military and Nazi party were inspired by the Roman Empire and how his ideas influenced the Nazi movement. The film covers the rise of Hitler and his rise to power through his rise to power in the Nazi party, through the war in Europe and the rise of the Nazi party. It is amazing how much Hitler's ideas have influenced the modern world, and how he would influence history to come. Hitler's ideas inspired modern day movements such as the KKK and the Black Panthers. This documentary shows that Hitler's ideas are still alive and are still influencing the world today. The documentary is very informative, and well worth seeing. Hitler's ideas have influenced our modern day world, and we can thank Hitler for that. This documentary is a must see for everyone, especially those interested in history. I would give it a 9 out of 10.

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Johnny L.

David Trone was one of the three journalists who were subjected to torture by the British intelligence. Trone was brutally tortured by a senior officer at the University of Edinburgh. Trone suffered electric shocks and beatings and was thrown into the shower with a plastic bag. He was also given electric shocks to the face, being punched in the face while his clothes were still on. Trone later wrote the book about his ordeal. In this short, but impressive film, Trone tells his story of what happened to him during the month of February 1940. The film covers some details of the film, like the fact that Trone met the Nazi's while he was working on a report. It also tells about some of the films that were made during the time the film is made. It's interesting to note that all the footage taken during the time the film is made was destroyed. A lot of the footage was stolen from Trone by the British in World War II, and Trone's files were burned in 1943. It seems that Trone went back to Scotland to talk to his family. The film is well made, and worth watching. It has a great documentary style, and the soundtrack is also very well done.

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Cheryl Weaver

This is not a film for the faint hearted. Hitler's rise to power, the final battle of the Wehrmacht, the devastation of the holocaust. This film is a tribute to the men and women who fought with him and who died in his final days. The men are mentioned but not pictured - simply to illustrate the scale of the task. The women are the star of the show. The focus is on women during the war and what made them so special. The film is divided into three parts. The first is about the women who fought for Hitler and his newly formed Nazi Party. The second part takes us back to the final days of Hitler. The third part is about the atrocities committed by the SS, particularly the brutalization and killing of Jews and Gypsies. The Third Reich is about to get a hell of a lot worse. A good deal of the footage is filmed from the men's point of view but there are few women to be found. The SS and police are depicted in a particularly vicious light. These men fought for their men and their country, and were expected to carry out the orders of their superiors. If they disobeyed, they were to be punished. Not all did, but some did. In many cases they were put to death and others even went into exile. The film suggests that this was a cruel and sadistic regime and is extremely hard to watch. That is not to suggest that this was the same as life under the Third Reich. It was a frightening world but one in which few people seemed to have a chance at a normal life. On the other hand it was a place where men were expected to kill anyone who got in their way. Men were expected to kill and be killed, not merely tolerate them. The film does show that the men had many responsibilities and that there were orders to uphold, but they also had very specific roles in the Nazi Party and in the SS. Many who were SS or police officers and who were there in power during the Third Reich also took an active part in the holocaust. Some even participated. This film is about those men and they were shown as normal people who were there for a very difficult time. They were all normal people and nobody should feel that this is a war film. The ending of the Third Reich was so bad that it is a film that we will always remember but it will also be remembered as a film of something that happened in a short time. I am a Jewish male but I have had the privilege of knowing a lot of men who were also Jewish and have a special bond with them. We do not know the full story of the holocaust but it is clear that it was a very horrible time for all involved. This film shows that it happened but at the same time also illustrates that it is far from over. We must learn from what happened in the Third Reich but not to forget that there were also people in the Nazi Party who did great things and did them in a very evil way.

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I think that this documentary is very close to the truth. This movie is very impressive, it is very powerful. It was very interesting to see a very fascinating person such as himself (Hitler). I felt very touched when I watched this documentary. In my opinion, it's very important to understand Hitler's and the Nazis' actions. I think that anyone who is interested in historical and documentary events should watch this movie.

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It's a true story, which I think is the point of the movie. That's why I think it's an important movie. It's hard to get a straight story line in documentaries, especially when there are many people involved in the story. But I think this movie does a very good job of explaining the events that happened in the '50s. This movie is a lot of fun and I recommend it to anyone who loves history.