HD/DCP - 2017 - Germany - 105/ 2x52 min - Color / Black & White

Hitler’s Hollywood

Hitler's Hollywood (original title)

A film by Rüdiger Suchsland

Hitler’s Hollywood tells the story of one of the most important and dramatic period in the German cinema history. Once again, what does cinema know that we don’t know? 

The Third Reich cinema was a heavily censored industry and at the same time, longed to be a German dream factory. It produced, among others, the Nazi blockbuster "Münchhausen", at the request of Joseph Goebbels. It established its own celebrity star system and used the latest marketing tools.


About 1000 feature films were produced in Germany between 1933 and 1945 and only a few were openly Nazi propaganda films and even fewer could be considered harmless entertainment.


We look at these films and the people behind them. How stereotypes of the “enemy” and values of love and hate managed to be planted, into the viewers’ minds, through the screens.


Rüdiger Suchsland


Rüdiger Suchsland lives in Berlin. Studied History, Philosophy and Political Science; works as a journalist, writer and cultural activist. Primarily a regular contributor and critic for print, radio and internet, he is also a speaker, instructor and author on the thematic subjects of film, theory, East Asia, zeitgeist and popular culture. He is a curator in the team of the film-festivals in Mannheim-Heidelberg and Ludwigshafen. Together with Josef Schnelle, he co-authored the book "Zeichen und Wunder: Das Kino von Zhang Yimou und Wong Kar-Wai." (2008). He switched sides for his documentary debut „From Caligari to Hitler“. Hitlers Hollywood is his third film.

Rüdiger Suchsland



Hitlers Hollywood – German Cinema in the Age of Propaganda 1933 – 45“

Produced by LOOKS Filmproduktionen in Co-Production with Arte/ZDF.

Funded by Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, DFFF and Hessische Filmförderung.



„From Caligari to Hitler - German Cinema in the Age of the Masses“, 113’ Feature Documentary.

Produced by LOOKS Filmproduktionen in Cooperation with Friedrich Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung and Arte/ZDF. Funders: Ministry of the Federal Republic of Germany for Culture and Media (BKM), DFFF and Hessische Filmförderung. Developed with the support of the MEDIA Programme of the European Union.

„Caligari – when Horror entered Cinema“  52’ TV Documentary about the Film „Das Cabinet des Dr Caligari“, produced by LOOKS Filmproduktionen for Arte in co-production with ZDF and in cooperation with Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung. 

Original language: German
Produced by: LOOKS Filmproduktionen GmbH
With the participation of: The Murnau-Foundation, Arte/ZDF
With the support of: Medienboard Berlin Brandenburg and Hessische Filmförderung