Vision and Death Wish in the Third Reich

International distribution: Journeyman Pictures

This is an essay on the aesthetics of National Socialist film. The history of the Third Reich is investigated in light of its own image making. Which hopes, desires and fears are reflected in these images? The film unfolds chronologically, with original material from 1918 to 1945. The focus of this film is the analysis of National Socialist documentary and 'Kultur-Film', which staged a media-produced world of illusions whose destructive intent is apparent from the very beginning.

"After the premiere, an elderly lady from the audience stated that she had watched all of these films when they were released many years ago and had believed everything in them. But now they all seemed so ridiculous." (Marcel Schwierin)

Germany 2003/2004, 91min, digibeta, col&bw, voice-over. German version (digibeta, 16mm) & English version with English commentary and original footage English subtitled (digibeta).

written, directed, produced, distributed by Marcel Schwierin
editing Christoph Girardet
narrator Megan Gay
music of the Twenties Peter Gotthardt
editorial (Norddeutscher Rundfunk) Michael Krey
production manager (Norddeutscher Rundfunk) Viola von Liebieg
assistant director Valesca Sophia
post production video:arthouse Christian Minder
sound mix Paul Productions Dirk Austen
graphics screenform Lars Beuko
postcard design (top of page) Kuraredesign / Olav Raschke
research Evgeni Lungin, Andrea Virnich
translation Dr. Ron C. Faust
history consultant Prof. Dr. Gerhard Kraiker
dissertation (PhD) supervisor Prof. Dr. Winfried Marotzki
legal consultants Christian Füllgraf
Prof. Dr. Paul W. Hertin
Prof. Dr. Thomas Hoeren
Andreas Schardt
Klaus Siekmann (NDR)
funding Kulturelle Filmförderung Niedersachsen (script)
NDR-Stiftung (production)
Nordmedia (international version)
BKM (cinema & DVD release)
Premiere: 46th International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film
International premiere: Sao Paulo International Film Festival
North American premiere: Chicago International Documentary Festival
Asian premiere: Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival
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