The Reichsorchester / The Berlin Philharmonic and the Thrid Reich [DVD]

Notes & Reviews:

In 2007 the Berlin Philharmonic celebrated its 125th anniversary. It has chosen to mark this anniversary year by highlighting a previously unknown chapter in its history – the years from1933 to 1945. Financed by the German Reich and answerable directly to the Reich Ministry for Popular Enlightenment and Propaganda, the Berlin Philharmonic was not only Germany’s flagship orchestra; it also became an ambassador for the National Socialist regime, particularly on foreign tours. In this new documentary by Enrique Sanchez Lansch, the spotlight is on the orchestra itself – the musicians, the people, their individual destinies. Although its members were much less exposed than their principal conductor Wilhelm Furtwangler, they, like him, moved in circles close to the powers that bestowed privilege and thereby encouraged people to shirk individual responsibility.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 100 min.
Picture Format: NTSC, Color
Country of Origin: USA



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