Joseph Goebbels
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Joseph Goebbels (Character)
from Downfall (2004)

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Jew Suss: Rise and Fall (2010)
Joseph Goebbels: Actors are like children, dumb but lovely.

Ferdinand Marian: Nobody would buy this role from me. My audience doesn't want me to see that way.
Joseph Goebbels: Ah, so your audience doesn't want you to see that way? Well, Who casts you for your rolls, my dear Marian? The audience or me?
Ferdinand Marian: Believe me there are thousands of better actors. I usually play sensualists, symphatic bon vivants.
Joseph Goebbels: So, your Jago was a symphatic bon vivant.
Ferdinand Marian: No, but it was Shakespeare...
Joseph Goebbels: [interrupts and shouts] ... and I am Joseph Goebbels. Your actor demands every help from us and we pay you more than our greatest scientists. But if we need something from an actor once, he thinks: "No, I can't play Jew Suess, because then I can't go to Hollywood. Then the jews over there won't engage me anymore".
Ferdinand Marian: But Herr Minister, please, that's not the point!
Joseph Goebbels: QUIET!

Joseph Goebbels: [to Ferdinand Marian] It's your choice: either known, popular, famous or missed, lost, forgotten. I could squeeze you like a fly, Marian.

Joseph Goebbels: [to Veit Harlan] I want a artistic movie, not a cheap propaganda.

Veit Harlan: [discussing a movie scene] Aren't you worried, Herr Minister, that the audience would go on the side of Suess, when he says the line with such majesty?
Joseph Goebbels: Oh no, why? The jew must be a human being, not a monster. Otherwise everyone will think "What a cheap propaganda!"

Joseph Goebbels: Krauss, I think, your idea, to play all the jewish minor roles, is a brilliant idea.
Werner Krauss: But I through, you're against double roles.
Joseph Goebbels: That's right, I sure am. But I'm also against harping on about principles.
[to Harlan]
Joseph Goebbels: Because this, my dear Harlan, is a perfect oppertunity to show, that all jewish characters and temperaments are originally from the same source.

Joseph Goebbels: Isn't it irony of destiny: In German movies, the Jews are portrayed by Arian actors, but in the American ones, the national socialists are played by Jewish immigrants?

Joseph Goebbels: To 1940. And may God punish England!

Magda Goebbels: [Helga asks for wine] No kid, there is alcohol in it.
Joseph Goebbels: Come on, Magda, as an exception. Helga is our olders, after all.
Helga Goebbels: Thanks, daddy.
Magda Goebbels: Paul, even the Fuehrer doesn't drink alcohol.
Helga Goebbels: But you do.


Inglourious Basterds (2009)
Francesca Mondino: [in French; subtitled] Emanuelle, did you enjoy "Lucky Kids"?
Shosanna Dreyfus: [in French] I rather liked Lillian Harvey.
Joseph Goebbels: [suddenly in German] Lillian Harvey! Never mention that name in my presence!

Joseph Goebbels: [in German] You have opera boxes?
Shosanna Dreyfus: Oui.
Joseph Goebbels: How many?
Shosanna Dreyfus: [in French] Two.
Joseph Goebbels: More would be better.

Joseph Goebbels: [to Frederick] It seems I've created a monster. A strangely persuasive monster.

Adolf Hitler: [at the premiere of "Nation's Pride"] Extraordinary, my dear. Simply extraordinary. This is your finest film yet.
Joseph Goebbels: [Goebbels' eyes fill with tears] Thank you, mein Führer. Thank you.

Joseph Goebbels: [in German; subtitled] It's only the offspring of slaves that allows America to be competitive athletically. American Olympic gold can be measured in Negro sweat.

Fredrick Zoller: [shouting to the camera, acting in Nation's Pride] Who wants to send a message to Germany?
[Nation's Pride is interrupted by Shosanna's movie]
Shosanna Dreyfus: I have a message for Germany.
[Hitler and Goebbels watch in shock]
Shosanna Dreyfus: [her image on the screen smirks] That you are all going to die.
Adolf Hitler: [yelling in German] Enough! Stop it!
Joseph Goebbels: [yelling in German] Turn off the projector!
Shosanna Dreyfus: And I want you to look deep into the face of the Jew that is going to do it!
Joseph Goebbels: [in German as the audience begins to shout in protest and anger] I don't know what's going on! That does not belong in my movie!
Shosanna Dreyfus: [her image on the screen smiles] Marcel... burn it down.
Marcel: [standing behind the screen, he smiles] Oui, Shosanna.

Joseph Goebbels: [in German; subtitled] How many seats in your auditorium?
Francesca Mondino: [translates into French]
Shosanna Dreyfus: [in French; subtitled] Three hundred and fifty.
Francesca Mondino: [translates into German]
Joseph Goebbels: That's almost four hundred less than the Ritz.
Fredrick Zoller: [in German] But Herr Goebbels, that's not such a bad thing. You said yourself you didn't want to indulge every two-faced French bourgeois taking up space currying favor. With less seats it makes the event more exclusive. You're not trying to fill the house, they're fighting for seats. Besides, to hell with the French. This is a German night, a German event, a German celebration. This night is for you, me, the German military, the High Command, their family and friends. The only people who should be allowed in the room are the people who will be moved by the exploits on the screen.
Joseph Goebbels: [after a pause] I see your public speaking has improved.


Downfall (2004)
Joseph Goebbels: I feel no sympathy. I repeat, I feel no sympathy! The German people chose their fate. That may surprise some people. Don't fool yourself. We didn't force the German people. They gave us a mandate, and now their little throats are being cut!

Joseph Goebbels: I won't use my final hours as Reich Chancellor to sign a statement of surrender!

Joseph Goebbels: Surrender? Never! This is outrageous! I've conquered Berlin against the Reds several years ago, and will defend the city to the last breath against them! The few hours that I've yet to live as German Chancellor, I will not use them to put my signature on a document of surrender!
General der Artillerie Helmuth Weidling: We must protect the civilian population!
General der Infanterie Hans Krebs: The Führer's order is final!
General der Infanterie Wilhelm Burgdorf: No matter what happens, we will protect to the end!
General der Infanterie Hans Krebs: We cannot give up!
[Fritzsche steps out to Rochus Misch]
Walter Hewel: We have to start negotiations!
Joseph Goebbels: I repeat: I will never sign to a surrender!
[Burgdorf follows Fritzsche]
Hans Fritzsche: I need you to send a telegraph to Marshal Zhukov immediately.
Rochus Misch: Marshal Zhukov?
General der Infanterie Wilhelm Burgdorf: What's going on here?
Hans Fritzsche: This is madness. We have to give the city to the Russians.
[Burgdorf pulls out a gun]
General der Infanterie Wilhelm Burgdorf: Then I have to shoot you. The Führer commands to prohibit any surrender!
[Wielding grabs Burgdorf's arm as the latter shoots]

Adolf Hitler: You see, gentlemen? I'll be proved right. Wenck will come.
[leaves generals]
Adolf Hitler: Wenck will come.
[passes by guards who salute to him]
General der Artillerie Helmuth Weidling: I want to immediately know if it's possible for Wenck to attack or not.
General der Infanterie Hans Krebs: It's unlikely that Wenck's small force can attack the Red Army...
Joseph Goebbels: [interrupts Krebs] How dare you say it's unlikely?
General der Infanterie Hans Krebs: Wenck has nothing to confront the Red Army!
General der Artillerie Helmuth Weidling: Why don't you tell the Führer? Have you all gone crazy?
General der Infanterie Wilhelm Burgdorf: The Führer knows it himself, but he will never surrender, and we won't either! I went through that before, and once is enough!
General der Artillerie Helmuth Weidling: Come on, I have to get out of here.
[leaves with Mohnke]

Adolf Hitler: General von Greim, I appoint you to Commander in Chief of the Air Force and General Field Marshal. A large responsibility rests on your shoulders. You must shake up the entire air force. Many mistakes have been made, so be ruthless. Life never forgives weakness. This so called humanity... is just priests' drivel. Compassion is a primal sin. Compassion for the weak is a betrayal of nature.
Joseph Goebbels: The strongest can only be victorious by eradicating the weak.
Adolf Hitler: I have always obeyed this law of nature by never permitting myself to feel compassion. I have ruthlessly suppressed domestic opposition and brutally crushed the resistance of alien races. It's the only way to deal with it.
[Linge enters with a folder in hand]
Adolf Hitler: Apes, for example, trample every outsider to death. What goes for apes goes even more for human beings.
[Hitler reads the folder]
Adolf Hitler: Himmler, in Lübeck, has made an offer to surrender to the western powers through Count Bernadotte... according to a report by English radio.
[finishes reading]
Adolf Hitler: Himmler... Of all people, Himmler! The truest of the true... This is the worst betrayal of all! Göring, yeah; he was always corrupt, of course. Speer, yeah: an idealistic, unpredictable artist. All the others, yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah!
[puts folder down]
Adolf Hitler: But not Himmler. Has he gone crazy?
[stands up]
Adolf Hitler: He claimed authority by saying I was sick, perhaps already dead!
[pause]
Adolf Hitler: Please leave me alone with Lord von Greim and Frau Reitsch.
[Everyone except the following stands up]
Adolf Hitler: Oh, and bring me Fegelein.
Heinz Linge, Kammerdiener: My Führer, we don't know where he is.
Adolf Hitler: But he's Himmler's adjutant. He must be here.
General der Infanterie Wilhelm Burgdorf: We haven't seen him for days.
Adolf Hitler: I want his report at once!
[Everyone leaves, and Goebbels is about to step out]
Adolf Hitler: Please stay, Doctor.

Martin Bormann: [reading folder in hand] My Führer, following your decision to stay in Berlin, do I have your approval as Vice Chancellor to immediately take charge of the entire Reich with the necessary power and authority? If I receive no answer by 10 p.m., I will assume that you have been incapacitated. I will serve the well-being of our people and fatherland.
[closes folder and puts it down]
Martin Bormann: He's betraying Germany... and you!
Walter Hewel: Göring's concern isn't unjustified. If our communication system breaks down, which could happen at any time, we'd be cut off from the world; we could no longer pass on orders.
Joseph Goebbels: I see it differently. Göring wants to seize power. I never trusted that mob he gathered at Obersalzberg; it stinks of a coup.
Adolf Hitler: That failure. That sponger... A parvenu! A lazybones!
[Albert Speer returns while Hitler rants offscreen]
Adolf Hitler: How dare he declare me unable to act? Tomorrow he might declare me dead!
Albert Speer: Hello, Frau Junge.
Traudl Junge: Herr Speer. How did you get into Berlin?
Albert Speer: It wasn't easy, but I must speak with the Führer.
Heinz Linge, Kammerdiener: I'd wait here if I were you.
Adolf Hitler: The Luftwaffe... What did he do with it? That was reason enough to execute him! That morphine addict... helped to corrupt this country! And now this...
[Hewel looks down in disappointment]
Adolf Hitler: He betrayed me of all people! Me of all people!
[pause]
Adolf Hitler: I want Göring to be deprived of power and removed from office. If I don't survive the war, that man is to be executed at once.


The Producers (1967)
[performing in the play]
Doc Goebbels: Danke schön, mein Führer.
Lorenzo St. DuBois: Hey, you're a German.
Doc Goebbels: We're all Germans.
Lorenzo St. DuBois: That's right.
[gasps]
Lorenzo St. DuBois: That means we CANNOT attack Germany.


Jackboots on Whitehall (2010)
Himmler: So, you still can't find a way into England, Goering?
Hermann Goering: Nein. I have tried everything.Zis endless fog over the Englander Channel has prevented all of our plans for invading England.
Himmler: Well, now that the whole of ze Englander army is stuck in France and ze RAF is annihilated!
Hermann Goering, Goebbels: [singing] Ah-da, da-da, da-da!
Himmler: Ze Fuhrer has an ingenious plan of attack.
Hermann Goering: Oh, what is it, Herr Himmler? I have tried every possible means of attacking zat little island.
Himmler: He wants us to dig under ze Englander Channel right into ze heart of London, capture Herr Winston Churchill from Downing Street, zen lock him in a cage!
Hermann Goering: Ooh, what a beautiful plan, mein Fuhrer.
Hermann Goering: Did you hear that, Goebbels, darling? We will be summering in London!
Goebbels: Oh, joyous joy!
Himmler: Oh-ho! Not even the Englander weather can prevent us now!


"Hitler: The Rise of Evil" (2003)
Dr. Joseph Goebbels: The opposition papers are implying things about your relationship with your niece.
Adolf Hitler: Trust these Jews to paint everyone as dirty as they are.
Dr. Joseph Goebbels: But it's not just them. People in the party are also beginning to object...
Adolf Hitler: [outraged] *She's my niece, for God's sake! We go to the opera together!*


Hitler: The Last Ten Days (1973)
Josef Goebbels: The heart of Germany has ceased to beat. The fuhrer is dead.


The Hindenburg (1975)
Goebbels: There is no resistance movement, Colonel!
Colonel Franz Ritter: That's reassuring, coming from the Minister of Propoganda.


Confessions of a Nazi Spy (1939)
Dr. Paul Joseph Goebbels: There will be slight change in our methods. From now on, National Socialism in the United States must wrap itself in the American flag. It must appear to be a defense of Americanism. But at the same time, our aim must always be to discredit conditions there in the United Sates. And in this way make life in Germany admired and wished for. Racial and religious hatred must be fostered on the basis of American-Aryanism. Classism must be encouraged in a way that the labor and the middle classes will become confused and antagonistic. In the ensuing chaos, we will be able to take control.