Comparing The Blue Light And Hitler Youth

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From the times of the Weimar Republic to the Nazi regime Nazi Cinema was a major source for the Nazi to convey a message. Eric Rentschler describes the relation of both The Blue Light and Hitler Youth Quex to the National Socialist ideals in his book The Ministry of Illusion. From his interpretations of the films we are able to see similarities and differences of how the Nazi agenda is shown. The Blue Light was directed by Leni Riefenstahl before the Nazi Reign however this film became one of Hitler’s favorite films and was seen as an icon in Nazi Cinema eyes. Even though, according to Riefenstahl, she did not intend for her film to be connected to the National Socialist’s in a discrete way the plot of the film hints at a couple of the Nazi tenants. The film begins with this couple visiting Santa Maria asking about the legend of Junta and transitions to a scene with Junta on the mountain cliffs. Further along in the film you see that Junta is seen as an outcast almost cursed to the villagers for the reason that only she can get to The Blue Light even though many young boys have died trying. What no one…show more content…
“The fairground becomes a realm of sex, peril, and dissolution” and this according to Rentschler is somewhat of a representation of the Communists in the film as compared the forest is seen as more structured like a training camp which is more like the Nazis in the film (Ministry of Illusion, p. 62). This setting difference between the chaos and unsatisfying fairground to the structured cheerful forest allows the audience to obtain a mindset of the Nazis as compared to the Communist. A fantastic quote that Rentschler states is, “Communists contaminate nature, the Nazis contain it.” Which is brilliantly represented between the fairground and the forest (Ministry of Illusion,

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