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All propaganda has to be popular and has to accommodate itself to the comprehension of the least intelligent of those whom it seeks to reach HitlerMunchhaussen was UFAs most masterful propaganda film ever produced Even today the ambiguous scenes and characters stealthily deceive the audience into thinking they are watching an entertainment film One might say This is a film about tall tales magic and adventure but that is exactly what director Josef von Baky two dots wants viewers to think TCM In 1939 the infamous Wizard of Oz hit movie theatres and became one of the greatest movies of all time In order to advance ahead of American film Josef von Baky needed to raise the competition He directed Munchhausen with special effects and bright colors mimicking The Wizard of Oz But Baky took special effects and colors to the next level where no one had ever seen before Hollywood film set the stage for one of the most captivating and influential German movies of its timeBoth a historic folk tale and a modern day factitous mental disorder Munchhausen represents more than just a German household name and a diagnosis in psychology Munchhausen was propaganda from the opening scene to the credits and the proof is in the comparison to Ernst Jungers written work On Pain Ernst Jungers essay encompasses itself around the idea of a new man developed through the metaphysics of pain xxix Junger believes a culture without pain will never survive and where people are spared pain social stability is produced 13 He sees social stability as a major downfall for the liberal bourgeois of the twentieth century and attempts to influence a cultural view based on authority discipline and militarism xxix Munchhausen was written and produced just eleven years after On Pain was released and is essentially a mirror representation of Jungers essay Jungers principles of sacrifice and discipline are the template for which the movie Munchhausen must be understood
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