Successful Films Under the Nazi Regime

The most successful movies under the Nazi regime were genre films.

Specifically, comedies.

Musicals were also popular.

There were also some female-dominated melodramas...

...and male-dominated actions films.

There was also a niche genre known as the "Homeland Film" or Heimatfilm. It merged as the most convenient narrative form for offering a romanticized, but completely depoliticized, view of country and nation.

A variety of factors contributed to these phenomenal successes:

Their acceptance of genre as the most efficient form of addressing diverse audiences.

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Their cultivation of the star system as a convenient structure for audience identification.

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Their incorporation of other popular traditions such as folklore, operetta, literature, and broadcasting.

And, most importantly, their reliance on the conventions and styles associated with the classical Hollywood film.

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