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Here Is Germany (1945)

| Documentary, War
Frank Capra directed this film in the vein of his Why We Fight series. It was intended to be shown to American troops participating in the invasion and occupation of Germany. But by the ... See full summary »

Director:

Frank Capra (uncredited)

Writers:

Ernst Lubitsch (story preparation), Gottfried Reinhardt | 2 more credits »
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Anthony Veiller ... Narrator (uncredited)
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Frank Capra directed this film in the vein of his Why We Fight series. It was intended to be shown to American troops participating in the invasion and occupation of Germany. But by the time it was ready, Germany was on its way to falling. Hence, the film was shelved. Never widely distributed or shown, it covers the events leading up World War II and comments on the character of the German people.

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Ernst Lubitsch directed an earlier version of this film in October 1942 u under the title Know Your Enemy: Germany but the material was revised due to changing ideas on how to treat the Germans after the war, and what limited release the film got was not until 1945. See more »

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Featured in Feindbilder (1995) See more »

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Hitler would've loved this sort of hypocrisy
29 June 2011 | by drystyxSee all my reviews

1945, and the Allies won the war. There really was no need to justify it. Even then, most people in Allied countries were patriotic.

So a propaganda film served little purpose. Here, Capra tries to demonetize every German instead of the Nazis in charge. Farmers and workers in Germany had no choice, and they couldn't help anyone but themselves, or they would starve. Yet Capra in one minute will say the common German was brutal and purposely aggressive, yet in the next minute admit the common German was being used.

He stresses the importance of bullying the common German. That would have made room for another Hitler to use these common Germans again. Capra is full of too many lies to forgive here. He simply doesn't place the blame where it belongs. And in doing so, he makes these common Germans susceptible to the very patriotism and liberty he claims they didn't want, and then claims they did. His hypocrisy is overwhelming.

If enough common Germans in 1945 were to see this and have it translated to them, they would have turned into the very sort of freedom fighting guerrillas that armies are terrorized by. Not only poor content, but poor propaganda.


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