Self-Confident, Autonomous, and Liberated? Politicized Gender Relations in Nazi Entertainment Movies, 1939-1945
Elissa Mailänder, Associate Professor at Sciences Po Paris
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
206 Ingraham Hall
The Nazis were masterful consumers of modern media, despite their aversion to what they considered the perilous trappings of modernity. German film industry blockbusters explicitly targeted a young public who craved entertainment, romance, adventure, and escapism from the realities of war. By situating these action films and romantic comedies with contemporaneous events, the movies showcased a “fun” and dynamic Nazi society while promoting highly politicized images of “modern” gender relations.