Cinema: Beast of Britain

Between bomb blasts, through the blackout, Berliners stumbled to their cinemas last week to get a Nazi-eye view of what the unspeakable British have been up to all these years. With noisy and immense satisfaction they saw beefy, aging Emil Jannings play Stephanus Johannes Paulus Krüger, South Africa's famed Boer statesman, in Tobis Film's production Ohm Krüger. This Nazi rewrite of the Boer War for home consumption is pure propaganda—reminiscent of The Kaiser, the Beast of Berlin, and other thrillers tossed off during World War I to raise the U.S.'s blood to battle heat against the unspeakable Germans.

Ohm Krüger jerks along...

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