Nazi Film Propaganda
As the Nazi minister of propaganda, Joseph Goebbels involved himself with German filmmaking from 1933 until 1945. Impressed with the quality of Hollywood productions, Goebbels pushed the scope and scale of German cinema.
Goebbels believed that popular entertainment -- musicals, comedies and adventure films -- could be more powerful as propaganda than could documentaries. In 1934 he stated, "We... have no great desire to watch Storm Troopers march on... cinema screens. They belong on the street."
Over 1000 German films premiered during Goebbels' tenure. Find out about four that Goebbels particularly enjoyed.
Learn about the top ten most popular German films during the Nazi period.