World War II : The Propaganda Battle

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  • The outbreak of World War II saw two motion picture experts from Germany and the United States battle each other with as much ferocity as any army or navy. Their respective missions: to ignite a public desire to wage and win a global conflict. This Bill Moyers program contains an interview with Fritz Hippler, chief filmmaker for the Nazi Party. Hippler unrepentantly claims to have spoken to the "soul of the masses" through films like The Eternal Jew, which asserted a righteous justification for genocide. Moyers also discusses America's response, which put a renowned filmmaker to work for the Allied cause-director Frank Capra, noted for his gentle, humane films about ordinary folk standing up to oppression.


  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on Sept. 03, 2010.
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  • Propaganda: Introduction by Bill Moyers (1:49) -- Hitler's Propagandist (5:10) -- Nazi Propaganda Films (5:36) -- Propaganda: Pride and Fear (5:51) -- Nazi Anti-Semitism (6:38) -- American Propaganda Films (4:14) -- Frank Capra Asked to Make Films (4:13) -- Nazi Propaganda Films Used Against Them (7:07) -- America vs. War Machines (4:19) -- Shock of Savagery (2:09) -- Extent of Human Barbarity (3:05) -- Credits: World War II: The Propaganda Battle (0:54)
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