The Goebbels Experiment
The Goebbels Experiment (2005)

Joseph Goebbels has often been cited as the man who did the most to help Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party rise to power; he was the architect of the party's propaganda machine and helped to craft the public image of Hitler as he became… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 23, 2006
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

[A] weirdly enthralling film of excerpts from Goebbels's diaries.

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Kyle Smith
New York Post

Kenneth Branagh's fierce narration of Joseph Goebbels's di aries makes The Goebbels Experiment a visceral documentary.

Cole Smithey

Although the film's conclusion is rushed and unsatisfying, "The Goebbels Experiment" is a priceless document of one of Nazi Germany's cruelest and most effective architects.

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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly

Director Lutz Hachmeister neatly hoists the Nazi lie on its own petard in this fascinatingly repellent character study of the Third Reich's most visionary and psycho propagandist.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

Devoted family man, aspiring poet and petty whiner, the Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels depicted in Lutz Hachmeister's unusual documentary presents a compelling study of the banality of evil.

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Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International

While the diary entries fascinate, it's the rarely seen footage that makes The Goebbels Experiment a must-see.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

Lutz Hachmeister and Michael Kloft's fascinating documentary provides a chilling glimpse inside the brilliant but toxic mind of Joseph Goebbels via his extensive diaries.

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Derek Elley

A well-chosen selection of pictures and archival footage, plus some modern sequences in color, concisely sketch the history of Germany during the 21 years Goebbels continuously kept a diary (1924-45).

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Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

The star power in The Goebbels Experiment comes from Kenneth Branagh, who narrates, but it's the images that take hold.

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