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Everyone once in a while a film comes along that people need to see. This is especially true concerning events of global consequence, Nazi Germany most specifically. And while films such as Schindler's List are invaluable in personalizing the tragedy of millions, they are emotionally based, as they should be. But what "The Goebbels Experiment" does is that it makes us think about why and how one man (and so many others) could come to bring about and participate in atrocities. The film doesn't talk much about the nature of the propaganda itself -- it's not a legit documentary about Goebbels, but a strict series of readings from his diaries -- but to hear Goebbels talking, we can hear echoes of the terrible propagandists that have brought about so much disaster in the years since. There is much to be learned from this film, particularly in seeing up close what could make a human being into a monster. It happens easier and more often than you'd think, and this film, while sometimes a bit dull and one-dimensional, does accomplish that purpose. You don't have to be an expert on World War II or Nazi Germany to appreciate the film, but it does help provide contextual understanding. I think this is a worthwhile film along the lines of any film about the Third Reich; the lessons must be learned, and the intervening years have proved just how much we have failed to learn them.
Film was inspiration for the character of the Joker in the Batman comic book. Batman creator Bob Kane used the main character as the model for his Joker -- a character meant to be a one-time villain, but then brought back by popular demand.
It's really the only good full-length Laurel & Hardy movie that isn't
distracted by a sub-plot, therefore an interesting story develops, and we
get to see more of Laurel & Hardy. This movie more than any other just
us laugh at the two characters we love best: Stan and Ollie. We see them
as kids, sneaking around to a juvenile convention to escape the clutches
their motherly, domineering wives. There are some great sequences, and
truly hilarious moments. Stan is especially at his best, and the sequence
where Ollie is sick is classic. "Why did you get a veterinarian?" "I
didn't think his religion would make any difference."
A must for any Laurel & Hardy fan, and indeed a must for everyone who enjoys an utterly pleasant experience and a truly divine comedy.