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"Arguably the most gifted of Hitler's henchmen, Joseph Goebbels was an enigmatic genius whose successful manipulation of mass political opinion was unprecedented. His rise to power, and that of the Nazi Party itself, will forever stand as one of history's most terrifying examples of the reach of propaganda, a tool with which Goebbels's name is virtually synonymous.

In their fascinating documentary, the filmmakers provide a rare and chilling glimpse into a brilliant but toxic mind. Rejecting commentary, they allow Goebbels to speak for himself (in the voice of Kenneth Branagh), via the extensive diaries that he kept from 1924 to1945. Rare clips from German film and television archives illustrate the readings.

At a time when much of our news and entertainment media is controlled by a handful of corporations, The Goebbels Experiment is a cautionary reminder that equal access to the machinery of ideas may be society's most critical goal." - Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times


Studio First Run Features
SKU 202372666
UPC 720229912112
UPC 14 00720229912112
Format DVD
Release Date 5/23/2006
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Name Branagh,Kenneth
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Cast & Crew
Guido Krajewski - Editor
Hajo Schomerus - Cinematographer
Hubert Bittman - Original Music By
Kenneth Branagh - Narrated By
Lutz Hachmeister - Director
Michael Kloft - Director
Udo Samel - Narrated By
ReviewSource The Village Voice
Review Proceeding chronologically from 1924 up to Goebbels's death at the end of World War II, The Goebbels Experiment sets the entries to briskly edited archival footage, taken mostly from the period. The master propagandist comes across here as a brooding, insecure megalomaniac - or at times, a bitchy member of a particularly malevolent high school clique, an effect enhanced by some of narrator Kenneth Branagh's English line readings.
Reviewer Joshua Land
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource The Onion A.V. Club
Review In selecting Kenneth Branagh to read Joseph Goebbels' diaries aloud for the documentary The Goebbels Experiment, director Lutz Hachmeister was either nastily sly or completely boneheaded. Branagh has the cadence of a gentleman, which makes him sound reasonable and sympathetic, and by all accounts, Goebbels was a gentleman as well, as charismatic as any movie star...At its best, Hachmeister's film recalls Jay Rosenblatt's fantastic 1998 experimental film Human Remains, which exposed the humanity in fiends - and vice-versa - by detailing their medical conditions. Mostly though, The Goebbels Experiment proves that historical figures have the worst perspective on themselves.
Reviewer Noel Murray
ReviewRating 7
DVD, English, German, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Branagh,Kenneth
Label First Run Feature
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor Informative and illuminating.
Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times A fascinating, veritable self-portrait, masterfully culled from a trove of archival materials.
New York Post Live inside the monster's head.
The New York Times A rare and chilling glimpse into a brilliant but toxic mind.

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