It’s quite possible that Joseph Goebbels was the most frequently filmed politician of the 20th century. Although the flushed faces and fist-pounding antics of today’s politicians are now an everyday television event, they were not so common when Germany’s first and only propaganda minister was schilling the virtues of the Nazi party. In this sense, Goebbels’ life reaches out beyond the confines of the Third Reich, foreshadowing today’s leadership through media.
Inventing Dr. Goebbels, a 90-minute doc from Spiegel TV in Hamburg and Cologne-based prodco HMR Produktion, will combine key passages from Goebbels’ diaries with contemporary film material to tell the tale of this infamous statesman. Special attention will be given to the crafting of his media persona and the politician-publicist image he presented.
Given the plethora of footage available, the doc will not feature new eye-witness interviews, instead relying exclusively on audio-visual material. Commentary will also be kept to a minimum, thanks to the level of detail provided by Goebbel’s own hand. German pubcaster ZDF will air the film, which carries a budget of approximately †1 million (US$1.3 million) and is scheduled to be completed this summer. Spiegel TV will distribute. KB