Propaganda films during the Third Reich
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Films produced during the Third Reich generally fall into two categories: blatant propaganda films, which this paper terms hard-core propaganda films, or subtler, soft-core propaganda films. The first category frequently features vilification of Jews, as well as glorification of the German Volk, Heimat and of Hitler. Third Reich hard-core propaganda films portray Aryan Germans in opposition to other races, resulting in the extreme exclusion of the Other. The soft-core propaganda films are a toned down version of the hard-core propaganda films. This thesis proposes an inverse relationship between the level of inherent inconsistencies and contradictions within Third Reich films and the categorization of a film as hard-core propaganda. The greater the inconsistencies in relation to Nazi ideology, the more a film becomes soft-core propaganda and vice versa. A variety of hard and soft-core propaganda films are analyzed, and the overall effectiveness of such propaganda is examined.