It was one of the most expensive films ever made, plagued with set problems, cost overruns and a mercurial, egomaniacal director.
It was “Titanic.” No, not that one.
In his new book, “The Nazi Titanic” (Da Capo Press), Robert P. Watson reveals a little known chapter of the Third Reich, when film buff Joseph Goebbels tried to produce the ultimate propaganda movie for Adolf Hitler.
Hoping to establish a “Hollywood on the Rhine,” Goebbels had created a Nazi film department in 1930. Over the next decade, he devoured American films, created incentives for German filmmakers to hew to the cause and freed cinemas and actors from many national restrictions. From 1933-45, his Ministry of Propaganda produced more than 1,000 films.
His two “most ambitious,” both ham-fisted, pieces of anti-Jewish propaganda were released in 1940: “Der Ewige Jude” (The Eternal Jew), and “Jud Suss” (Suss the Jew). While the former flopped, the latter, about an innocent German girl raped by a Jewish man, was “one of the most commercially successful anti-Semitic propaganda films in history, with an estimated 20 million viewers.”
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