This intimate look at Joseph Goebbels,
Hitler's infamous Propaganda Minister, offers
some surprises and a portrait that doesn't
quite mesh with the one most people know.
Utilizing excerpts from Goebbels' diaries,
effectively read by Kenneth Branagh
some never before seen footage of Goebbels,
Hitler and the Nazis, "The Goebbels
Experiment" showcases the clubfooted
agitator as the nasty, hateful man known from
history. But it also reveals him to have been
highly insecure, manic depressive and
occasionally more than a little disillusioned
with his beloved Fuhrer, though never with the
beliefs of National Socialism itself. He also
comes across as something of a
knowledgeable film critic, offering up trenchant
reviews of the propaganda movies of the day.
Historical fans are liable to be frustrated by the
skimpiness of some of Goebbels'
observations -- the Americans are barely
mentioned -- and the film's format locks the
audience into what is often an appallingly
banal mindset. Still, there's enough new stuff
here to hold one's interest.
Narrated by Kenneth
Branagh. Directed by Lutz Hachmeister.
Written by Lutz Hachmeister and Michael Kloft.
A First Run release. Documentary. English-
and German-language; subtitled. Running
time: 104 min