Most historians involved with Third Reich film have concerned themselves with propaganda, which is not unexpected, in view of their interest in the state and the fact that Third Reich film (of all varieties)-either overtly or covertly in numerous ways-promoted the interests of the state.
"German cinema." In: The Cambridge companion to modern German culture / edited by Eva Kolinsky and Wilfried van der Will.Cambridge, UK ; New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 1998. New York: Berghahn Books, 2003."Propaganda is a central issue for non-fiction film in the Third Reich.These contributors add considerably to the knowledge about the structure and organizations of the Third Reich newsreel empire, newsreel production history, and, most important, a consideration of newsreel reception.Newsreels also of themselves provide a valuable historical source for understanding the period in which they were produced and shown, in this case the war, and in particular the relationship between propaganda and public opinion. 647-54, Oct 2005 "Nazi newsreels in Europe, 1939-1945: the many faces of Ufa's foreign weekly newsreel ( Auslandstonwoche ) versus German's weekly newsreel ( Deutsche Wochenschau)." Historical Journal of Film, Radio & Television, Mar2004, Vol.West Germany's postwar culture is marked by processesof contestation and the existence of competing histories.
The specific historical situation in Germany after World War II allowed collective amnesia to develop, but many Germanfilmmakers who emerged from the context of the 1960s student movement attempted tocounter this amnesia, creating alternative public memories that re-imagined German history.
Eisner; [translated from the French by Roger Greaves]. Der historische Spielfilm im Nationalsozialismus / Hans-Gerd Happel. The newsreels determine the image of the Third Reich that we have in our minds today, since they form the basis for nearly all the popular historical programs on television.
Berkeley: University of California Press, 1973, c1969."Film history and visual pleasure: Weimar cinemar." In: Cinema histories, cinema practices / edited by Patricia Mellencamp and Philip Rosen. Fantastique et réalisme dans le cinéma allemand 1912-1933. Surprisingly, however, there is not much research in Germany about this area of film production.
Traditional German figures become outsiders while the foreigner assumes more of a German identity. Bessel: Alternative Memories of the Great War in German War Films of the Late 1920s." History & Memory: Studies in Representations of the Past, vol. Both the Soviet and the British-American authorities recognized the German public's need for information and entertainment through film, for reasons that included showing films from their own countries to reeducate the brainwashed German Volk and documenting the war crimes of the German nation.
German postwar film is considered to have begun in October 1946 with the release of Wolfgang Staudte's Die Morder sind unter uns (The murderers are among us), the most important example of the "Trummerfilm" genre.
If the message was not overt in feature film, it was in newsreels, which from late 1938 formed a compulsory part of the cinema program, as was also later the case in occupied Europe.