Mein Leben Fur Irland
(My Life For Ireland) DVD
The Third Reich's Most Accomplished Anti-British Irish Propaganda Feature!
Set in an English boarding school, Mein Leben für Irland tells of the Irish revolt against British domination. The sons of Irish rebels are sent to an English school to become good British patriots, but they secretly await the day they can fight for their country’s independence against the British, who are depicted as treacherous oppressors bent on world hegemony. It was aimed largely at the Hitlerjugend market and was directed with assurance by Max Kimmich, who happened to be Joseph Goebbels’ brother-in-law. Especially effective is the ambitiously mounted battle scene in the noir-lit streets of Dublin; this dynamic montage sequence was brilliantly shot by the incomparable Richard Angst (Die weisse Hölle vom Piz Palü). Although most films made during the Third Reich were innocuous, escapist fare, propaganda features were produced as well. The most notorious were anti-Semitic, but in 1939 Propaganda Minister and cinema czar Joseph Goebbels commissioned a series of anti-British pictures that proved most effective during the early years of the Second World War. Chief among them is Hans Steinhoff’s Ohm Krüger (Uncle Krüger, 1941), but equally compelling is Kimmich’s Mein Leben für Irland (My Life for Ireland). Germany, 1941, B&W, 92 mins. Directed by M. W. Kimmich. Cinematography by Richard Angst. Starring Anna Dammann, Rene Deltgen, Paul Wegener, Will Quadflieg, Heinz Ohlsen. German dialogue, English subtitles.
Germany, 1941, B&W, 92 minutes, German dialogue. DVD has switchable (optional) English subtitles.
Bonus Material: Historical Slide Show, Original Promotional Materials, Optional English Subtitles.
NTSC Region 0 encoding (Entire World)
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