Hitler and the Nazi Cult of Celebrity by Michael Munn

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Munn himself, who seemingly couldn't care less about how crass his phrasing sounds, has bombed in the ludicrously non-lethal sense of the word.
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Hitler's rise to power in Germany owed much to the creation of his own celebrity. Hitler believed he was an artist, not a politician, and in his Germany politics and culture became one. This celebrity was cultivated and nurtured by Joseph Goebbels, Germany's supreme head of culture. Hitler and Goebbels enjoyed the company of beautiful female film stars, and Goebbels had his own 'casting couch'. In Germany's version of Hollywood there were scandals, starlets and secret agents, premieres and party politics, and an actress who was the key to killing Hitler. In Nazi Germany, the cult of celebrity was the embodiment of Hitler's style of cultural governing. The country's greatest celebrities, whether they were actors, writers or musicians, could be one of only two things: if they were compliant they were lauded and awarded status symbols for the regime, but If they resisted or were simply Jewish they were traitors to be interned and murdered. Meticulously researched, this book is the shocking account of Hitler's fantasy of power and stardom, of the correlation between art and ambition, of films used as a weapon, and of sexual predilections. It reveals previously unpublished information about the 'Hitler film', which Goebbels envisaged as 'the greatest story ever told', while Hitler was planning on his own Wagnerian finale
 

About Michael Munn

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Michael Munn is a film historian and the author of twenty-five books, including Stars at War, The Hollywood Connection, and the bestseller John Wayne: The Man Behind the Myth. As a journalist he has written extensively on cinema, crime, ancient history, and the World War Two. He lives in Suffolk, England.
 
Published May 1, 2012 by Robson Books. 288 pages
Genres: History, Humor & Entertainment, Travel, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Peter Conrad on May 17 2012

Munn himself, who seemingly couldn't care less about how crass his phrasing sounds, has bombed in the ludicrously non-lethal sense of the word.

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