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Remapping the World in Film: Fiction and Truth in Nazi Cinema

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Carola Daffner

Southern Illinois University Carbondale, US
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Abstract

The enquiry sheds new light on three blockbusters produced under National Socialism: Leni Riefenstahl's famous propaganda piece Triumph of the Will (1934), Veit Harlan's anti-Semitic hate film Jew Süss (1940) and Josef von Baky's fantasy comedy Münchhausen (1943). In their frequent use of collective imaginative geographies, all three movies approach 'truth' and 'authenticity' via depictions of geographical patterns. My reading of these films popular in the Third Reich highlights the how and why of place manipulation. The article further explores Nazi cinema's complex amalgam of visual aesthetics and geopolitics, yielding possible insights into the regime’s specific contradictions.
How to Cite: Daffner, C. “Remapping the World in Film: Fiction and Truth in Nazi Cinema”. New Readings, vol. 11, 2011, pp. 37–48. DOI: http://doi.org/10.18573/newreadings.75
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Published on 01 Jan 2011.
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