List of German films of 1933–45

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This is a list of German films of 1933–1945, the period of Nazi Germany, between Adolf Hitler's assumption of power (30 January 1933) and Karl Dönitz's surrender at the end of World War II (8 May 1945).

While not as highly regarded as the Weimar Republic-era films, the films of Nazi Germany, mainly made under control of Joseph Goebbels, hold a fascination for many, both as historical documents of one of the most important and disturbing periods of 20th century history, as well as for their own artistic merit. While some of them are popular only within the Neo-Nazi subculture, comedies starring Heinz Rühmann rank among the favourites of all Germans, and the propaganda films of Leni Riefenstahl have been influential, though controversial.

A total of 1,084 feature films were shown in cinemas in Nazi Germany.[1]

1933[edit]

Note: This year could count both as part of the Weimar and Nazi eras

See List of German films of 1933

1934[edit]

See List of German films of 1934

1935[edit]

See List of German films of 1935

1936[edit]

See List of German films of 1936

1937[edit]

See List of German films of 1937

1938[edit]

See List of German films of 1938

1939[edit]

See List of German films of 1939

1940[edit]

See List of German films of 1940

1941[edit]

See List of German films of 1941

1942[edit]

See List of German films of 1942

1943[edit]

See List of German films of 1943

1944[edit]

See List of German films of 1944

1945[edit]

See List of German films of 1945

Series[edit]

Note: These were series of films that, in most cases, spanned multiple years.

Title Director Cast Genre Notes
Agfa-Schmalfilm-Monatsschau Produced by IG Farben
Degeto Weltspiegel
Deulig-Tonwoche
Die Deutsche Monatsschau The German Monthly Show; newsreel series
Die Deutsche Wochenschau The German Weekly Show; newsreel series
Deutscher Sport im Kriegsjahr Produced by IG Farben
Echo der Heimat
Die Frontschau Fritz Hippler The Front Show; Series of technical films shown to soldiers before they were sent to the Eastern Front
Junges Europa
Panorama Monthly news human interest series; in color
Tobis-Wochenschau
Ufa-Auslands-Tonwoche
Ufa-Europa-Woche
UFA Tonewoche

Uncompleted or unreleased[edit]

Films that could not be complete or released until after the fall of the Third Reich.

Title Director Cast Genre Notes
Eine alltägliche Geschichte Günther Rittau Gustav Fröhlich, Marianne Simson, Karl Schönböck An everyday story
Am Ende der Welt Gustav Ucicky Brigitte Horney, Attila Hörbiger, Boguslaw Samborski At the end of the world
Das Ghetto Documentary Filmed in 1942, never finished; subject of the 2010 documentary A Film Unfinished
Das Leben geht weiter (de) Wolfgang Liebeneiner Heinrich George, Marianne Hoppe, Hilde Krahl, Viktor de Kowa, Gustav Knuth Life Continues
Das kalte Herz Karl Ulrich Schnabel Filmed in 1933 and released 2016
Das Mädchen Juanita Wolfgang Staudte Documentary
Shiva und die Galgenblume (de) Hans Steinhoff Hans Albers In Agfacolor
Tiefland Leni Riefenstahl Filmed 1940-44 the movie was completed after World War II and released 1954
Unter den Brücken Helmut Käutner Under the Bridges

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eric Rentschler: The Ministry of Illusion: Nazi Cinema and Its Afterlife, 1996, ISBN 978-0674576407.

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