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Nazi Titanic (2012)

Nazi Titanic is the amazing and unknown story of one of the most bizarre chapters of WWII. In the middle of the war, Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels, who was fascinated by the ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lee Williams Lee Williams ... Narrator (voice)
Adolf Hitler ... Himself (archive footage)
Steve Luckert Steve Luckert ... Himself, Dr., United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Andy Webb Andy Webb ... Himself, filmmaker and history writer
Friedemann Beyer Friedemann Beyer ... Himself, autor of 'Der Fall Selpin'
Joseph Goebbels ... Himself (archive footage)
Rolf Giesen Rolf Giesen ... Himself, Dr., film journalist and author
Jared Poley Jared Poley ... Himself, Dr., film historian, University of Georgia
Sabine Hake Sabine Hake ... Herself, Dr., film historian, University of Texas
Herbert Selpin Herbert Selpin ... Himself (archive footage)
Winston Churchill ... Himself (archive footage)
James Chapman James Chapman ... Himself, professor, film historian, University of Leicester
Wolfgang Jacobsen Wolfgang Jacobsen ... Himself, head archivist, Deutsche Kinemathek, Berlin
Klaus Lankheit Klaus Lankheit ... Himself, Dr., Institute for Contemporary History, Munich
Walter Zerlett-Olfenius Walter Zerlett-Olfenius ... Himself (archive footage)


Nazi Titanic is the amazing and unknown story of one of the most bizarre chapters of WWII. In the middle of the war, Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels, who was fascinated by the Titanic, decided to make a movie based on the sinking of the ship. This movie was so large in its scale, the Nazis were forced to divert men, materials and ships from their war effort in order to complete the film. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

14 April 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Nazi-Titanic See more »

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Color | Black and White (archive footage)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Joseph Goebbels was the Minister of public enlightenment & propaganda. See more »


Narrator: With most of Europe under his control, Hitler set his sights on his next target, Britain.
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Alternate Versions

A shorter 45 minute version of the documentary, with a different narrator, aired on Channel 5 in England. See more »


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Great Look at the German Film
18 April 2012 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Nazi Titanic (2012)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

When people think of movies based around the famous sink it's usually James Cameron's TITANIC or the British film A NIGHT TO REMEMBER. This documentary shines a light on the 1943 German film, which went into production during WWII and was meant as a part of German propaganda to help make them look good for attacking Great Britian. The documentary talks about how Reich Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels wanted to make something very special with the film so he green lighted a $180-million dollar budget. Director Herbert Selpin entered the picture wanting to become Germany's best known filmmaker but before the filming was over he would be dead of an apparent suicide, although some debate it was murder. In between we learn about huge mistakes of the film even being made considering so many people in Germany were starving at the time. We also see the countless problems that happened during the production including a director who simply wanted more and more and apparently not caring that they were in war. The final flaw was that his best writer, a man who he got a job as screenwriter on the film, eventually turned him in for anti-Nazi rants that might have led to his demise. This documentary really does a very good job at showing what all was going on in Germany during the time of this film's production and it also talks about what Britian and the U.S. were trying to do with their war movies. The documentary shines the light on the "suicide" of the director, how the movie ended up not being released in Germany and a new theory that the director was actually using the picture to make Germany and Hitler look bad. Fans of the film will certainly enjoy all the behind-the-scenes stories and if you're not familiar with the movie it's probably best that you watch it first and then view this documentary. There's all sorts of interesting notes about Goebbels' first viewing of the movie, its eventual release throughout the world and how it's viewed today. Several historians are interviewed as well as some surviving members of a tragedy that happened on the ship that the film used to shoot on.

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