The Hitler Image

Kracauer, Siegfried
January 1944
New Republic;1/3/44, Vol. 110 Issue 1, p22
Focuses on a recent Nazi newsreel episode, that assigns the traits of a savior to Adolf Hitler. His inspection of the Munich, Germany art exhibition offered the Nazi cameramen a gratifying opportunity to reveal that the savior is also a genius; He appears as the lord of hosts, followed by his generals he reviews parades, surveys destroyed fortifications or makes his entrance into a conquered city; Close-ups of his head and raised arm against a cloudy sky elevate him above all mortals; His triumphant is never seen without those crowds that have become a regular institution in Nazi Germany; He behaves exactly like a popular movie star when he smiles down at a blonde girl handing him a bouquet or autographs pictures of himself and hands them out through the car window.


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