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Hitler and the Nazi Cult of Celebrity

Posted by Notcot on Mar 4, 2013 in Cult Film
Hitler and the Nazi Cult of Celebrity

Hitler’s rise to power in Germany owed much to the creation of his own celebrity. Hitler believed he was an artist, not a politician, and in his Germany politics and culture became one. This celebrity was cultivated and nurtured by Joseph Goebbels, Germany’s supreme head of culture. Hitler and Goebbels enjoyed the company of beautiful female film stars, and Goebbels had his own ‘casting couch’. In Germany’s version of Hollywood there were scandals, starlets and secret agents, premieres and party politics, and an actress who was the key to killing Hitler. In Nazi Germany, the cult of celebrity was the embodiment of Hitler’s style of cultural governing. The country’s greatest celebrities, whether they were actors, writers or musicians, could be one of only two things: if they were compliant they were lauded and awarded status symbols for the regime, but If they resisted or were simply Jewish they were traitors to be interned and murdered. Meticulously researched, this book is the shocking account of Hitler’s fantasy of power and stardom, of the correlation between art and ambition, of films used as a weapon, and of sexual predilections.It reveals previously unpublished information about the ‘Hitler film’, which Goebbels envisaged as ‘the greatest story ever told’, while Hitler was planning on his own Wagnerian finale

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Hitler and the Nazi Cult of Celebrity

Posted by Notcot on Mar 3, 2013 in Cult Film
Hitler and the Nazi Cult of Celebrity

Hitler’s rise to power in Germany owed much to the creation of his own celebrity. Hitler believed he was an artist, not a politician, and in his Germany politics and culture became one. This celebrity was cultivated and nurtured by Joseph Goebbels, Germany’s supreme head of culture. Hitler and Goebbels enjoyed the company of beautiful female film stars, and Goebbels had his own ‘casting couch’. In Germany’s version of Hollywood there were scandals, starlets and secret agents, premieres and party politics, and an actress who was the key to killing Hitler. In Nazi Germany, the cult of celebrity was the embodiment of Hitler’s style of cultural governing. The country’s greatest celebrities, whether they were actors, writers or musicians, could be one of only two things: if they were compliant they were lauded and awarded status symbols for the regime, but If they resisted or were simply Jewish they were traitors to be interned and murdered. Meticulously researched, this book is the shocking account of Hitler’s fantasy of power and stardom, of the correlation between art and ambition, of films used as a weapon, and of sexual predilections.It reveals previously unpublished information about the ‘Hitler film’, which Goebbels envisaged as ‘the greatest story ever told’, while Hitler was planning on his own Wagnerian finale

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Auschwitz

Posted by Notcot on Jul 14, 2012 in Cult Film
Auschwitz

‘Thank god…that occasionally books of the stature of Laurence Rees’ superb “Auschwitz: The Nazis and the ‘Final Solution'” are published that try to redress the balance…fascinating’ – Andrew Roberts “Evening Standard”. In his highly acclaimed bestseller “Auschwitz” author and broadcaster Laurence Rees tells the definitive history of the most notorious Nazi institution of them all. we discover how Auschwitz evolved from a concentration camp for Polish political prisoners into the site of the largest mass murder in history – part death camp part concentration camp where around a million Jews were killed. Rees uses Auschwitz as a window through which to examine the Holocaust in its broader context.He argues that far from being an aberration the camp was a uniquely important institution in the Nazi state one that played a vital role in the ‘Final Solution’. “Auschwitz” examines the mentality and motivations of the key Nazi decision makers and perpetrators of appalling crimes speak here for the first time about their actions. Fascinating and disturbing facts have been uncovered – from the operation of a brothel to the corruption that was rife throughout the camp.The book draws on intriguing new documentary material from recently opened Russian archives which will challenge many previously accepted arguments. Auschwitz lay at the hub of a complex system of extermination that spread throughout Nazi Europe. Rees addresses uncomfortable questions such as why so few countries under Nazi occupation protected their Jews and why the Allies did little directly to prevent the killing even after they knew about the existence of the camp.Laurence Rees’ unforgettable account of the notorious Nazi camp is a story of murder brutality courage escape and survival and a powerful study of how a human tragedy of such immense scale could have happened.’Excellent’ – Boyd Tonkin “Independent”. ‘…a key to understanding man’s inhumanity to man’ – Ian Thomson “Guardian”. ‘Well-written…with striking testimonies from bystanders perpetrators and victims…The interviews with SS men and sundry European Fascists are genuinely revealing and must have been exceptionally difficult to negotiate’ – Michael Burleigh “Daily Telegraph”.’Devastating…Rees’ research is impeccable and intrepid…Ultimately he does at the gut level what Hannah Arendt achieved some 40 years ago at the level of philosophy: he forces the reader to shift the Holocaust out of the realm of nightmare or Gothic horror and acknowledge it as something all too human…Scrupulous and honest this book is utterly without illusions’ – David Von Drehle “Washington Post” USA. ‘This magnificent book…exciting and disturbing at the same time’ – Rafael Nunez Florencio “El Mundo” Spain. ‘I believe that Rees’ book will be included in the canon of fundamental works shaping our knowledge about the Holocaust’ – Wladyslaw Bartoszewski former Polish Foreign Minister and one-time inmate of Auschwitz.

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NAZI CULT COLLECTION: ELSA FRAULEIN SS/ HELGA SHEWOLF OF STILBERG/ SPECIAL TRAIN FOR HITLER/ JAILHOUSE WARDRESS/ CONVOY OF GIRLS/ NATHALIE RESCUED FROM HELL (2010) (import)

Posted by Notcot on May 7, 2012 in Cult Film

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The Stranger (Orson Welles) [DVD] [1946]

Posted by Notcot on May 2, 2012 in Noir
The Stranger (Orson Welles) [DVD] [1946]

In a way, Scarlet Street is a remake. It’s taken from a French novel, La Chienne (literally, “The Bitch”) that was first filmed by Jean Renoir in 1931. Renoir brought to the sordid tale all the colour and vitality of Montmartre; Fritz Lang’s version shows us a far harsher and bleaker world. The film replays the triangle set-up from Lang’s previous picture, The Woman in the Window, with the same three actors. Once again, Edward G Robinson plays a respectable middle-aged citizen snared by the charms of Joan Bennett’s streetwalker, with Dan Duryea as her low-life pimp. The plot closes around the three of them like a steel trap. This is Lang at his most dispassionate. Scarlet Street is a tour de force of noir filmmaking, brilliant but ice-cold.

The Stranger, according to Orson Welles, “is the worst of my films. There is nothing of me in that picture”. But even on autopilot Welles still leaves most filmmakers standing. A war crimes investigator, played by Edward G Robinson, tracks down a senior Nazi to a sleepy New England town where he’s living in concealment as a respected college professor. Welles wanted Agnes Moorehead as the investigator and Robinson as the Nazi Franz Kindler, but his producer, Sam Spiegel, wouldn’t wear it. So Welles himself plays the supposedly cautious and self-effacing fugitive–and if there was one thing Welles could never play, it was unobtrusive. Still, the film’s far from a write-off. Welles’ eye for stunning visuals rarely deserted him and, aided by Russell Metty’s skewed, shadowy photography, The Stranger builds to a doomy grand guignol climax in a clocktower that Hitchcock must surely have recalled when he made Vertigo. And Robinson, dogged in pursuit, is as quietly excellent as ever.

On the DVD: sparse pickings. Both films have a full-length commentary by Russell Cawthorne which adds the occasional insight, but is repetitive and not always reliable. The box claims both print have been “fully restored and digitally remastered”, but you’d never guess. –Philip Kemp

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Nazi Cult Collection – Elsa Fraulein SS / Helga Shewolf of Stilberg / Special Train for Hitler / Jailhouse Wardress / Convoy of Girls / Nathalie Rescued from Hell [ 2010 ] Adult / Uncensored

Posted by Notcot on Nov 26, 2010 in Cult Film

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