A fascinating illustrated history of the German film industry under the Nazis, with coverage of the leading actresses, summaries of the major films, and an assessment of political interference and manipulation.
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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Italian
This strange book, an Italian import, veers wildly between serious analysis of the Nazi-era German film industry and gushing fan magazine profiles of 18 of the period's female stars. Romani opens with a lengthy and intelligent essay on the Nazi takeover of filmmaking after 1933 and its transformation, under Joseph Goebbels's hands-on leadership, into an "Aryan" propaganda machine in which even light entertainment was considered "strategically important." Noting that "the phenomenon of the star system in the Third Reich achieved almost Hollywoodian proportions," Romani points out that only a small percentage of the films made under the Nazis were overt propaganda. Each of the actresses under discussion is represented by a short biography, complete credits and synopses for a couple of key films, including irritatingly redundant excerpts from mostly contemporary reviews. The opening essay suffers from a ghastly translation that either reproduces or amplifies a convoluted sentence structure. The book is handsomely produced and illustrated, but the subject matter and its treatment make it of marginal interest to an American audience. 160 black-and-white photos.
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Book Description Da Capo Press, 1992. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0962761311
Book Description Da Capo Press, 1992. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110962761311
Book Description Da Capo Press. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0962761311 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW6.0641065