The Goebbels Experiment
Author: Lutz Hachmeister (HMR Productions); Michael Kloft
Length: 2 x 53'
The biography of Dr. Joseph Goebbels is unique because it links the unbridled expression of self with accomplished direction and leadership through media, a development not unlike the 'media politics' of today. In this sense, the life of the first and only German Propaganda Minister reaches out beyond the confines of the Third Reich.
This documentary uses key passages from his diaries as a base and combines it with contemporary film material, thus mirroring the life of Goebbels, his emblematic media persona and the politician-publicist image he represented. The film will be exclusively built on contemporary audio-visual material, and will not contain new eyewitness interviews. Goebbels diary entries and articles are so self-explanatory that any accompanying commentary can be kept to a minimum. In it's place, written inserts and a brief classification of the facts will suffice to help demonstrate that Joseph Goebbels may be the most frequently filmed politician in the twentieth century.
A HMR Productions & SPIEGEL TV production
year of production: 2005