Katie Trumpener

Katie Trumpener teaches comparative literature, English and film studies at Yale. Her book The Divided Screen, about German cinema from 1930 to the present, is out soon.

Drowning out the Newsreel: Nazi Cinema

Katie Trumpener, 12 March 2009

The Second World War was fought both over and inside every cinema in Europe. In 1941 Joseph Goebbels declared that one of his key goals was ‘to establish German film as the dominant cultural world power’. He came very close to succeeding. Within a few weeks of the Nazi seizure of power in 1933, his newly created propaganda ministry set to work. During his first year in office, he...

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