Hans Bertram

  • Hans Bertram – Feuertaufe AKA Baptism of Fire (1940)

    1931-1940Amos Vogel: Film as a Subversive ArtDocumentaryGermanyHans BertramWar

    From Amos Vogel’s Film as a Subversive Art:
    Though entirely based on “authentic” newsreel materials, this is a splendidly distorted “record” of the Nazi Blitzkrieg against Poland, designed to terrorize (particularly foreign) viewers into accepting the Nazis’ god-like military superiority. Kracauer’s profound analysis stresses the magic, irrational core of the film, its reliance on graceful over-simplifications, clever amalgams, a pseudo-narration that professes to inform, and insidious comparisons. Particularly frightening are its terrifying maps of encirclement and destruction from above. Strength and decisiveness are constantly stressed; suffering is, at most, cartographic, and death entirely absent.Read More »

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