Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Incredible as it may seem, Germany's Nazi-propaganda films were still being booked in the US as late as the spring of 1941. Among the most famous of these was Sieg Im Westen, released in English-speaking countries as Victory in the West. Lensed in France, Poland and other conquered countries by an admittedly talented team of German army photographers (with a few clips from captured "enemy" newsreel footage thrown in), the film offers innumerable shots of goose-step soldiers, speeding tanks, soaring planes and disconsolate POWs. Throughout the proceedings, the German troops are depicted as invulnerable Nordic Gods, while the British and French appear to be only one step above Neanderthals. As a prime example of Goebbels' propaganda machine at its height, Sieg im Westen is invaluable; as a factual historical record, however, it's something else again.