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IMAGES OF GERMANY

West Germany, 1983 (MIFF 1985)

Director: Hartmut Bitomsky, Heiner Muhlenbrock

A remarkable example of the 'Kulturfilme' - a series of general short subjects produced by the Nazis during the Third Reich and designed to foster and reinforce the correct ideological attitudes to sport, work, and race.

"They pretend a certain populism, a close and understanding look at the common man... the films dissemble and disguise everything they are dealing with. The more they show, the more they hide. The elaborate pains taken by the fascist moviemakers in producing 'Kulturfilme' suggest the initial point was not to influence the public with Nazi ideology, but to make the world invisible by images taken of the world. The films are like masks. They show something in order to make something else imperceptible."

- Hartmut Bitomsky

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