Sketches and proposals on film propaganda written as a result of a journey to Holland

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Description

Official report written by Dr Hans Cürlis after his journey to the Netherlands.

Context

Dr Cürlis was a German art historian, who was considered an expert in Dutch painting. During the war, Cürlis went on German sponsored tours to the Netherlands, where he gave a series of lectures about art history. Cürlis was, apparently, considered competent enough to produce general remarks about the nature of Dutch society and the differences between the 'national character' of the German and the Dutch. Cürlis not only visited several cinemas in the Netherlands but also reflected on the ways to influence Dutch cinema audiences through the power of German films. His report is an exercise in defining Dutchness and a quest to find the perfect method to influence a Dutch audience. Cürlis highlighted Dutch frankness and their sense of humor, and he believed that the local public might be enchanted by German Romanticism and folk tales.