Hitler gestures 2 better

He carefully studied his style and the effects he wanted to achieve… Looking at film clips and photographs of him today, we find the image he created ridiculous and incredible. Yet at the time he moved vast crowds of different kinds of people… His gestures, too,  look  ridiculous today. They were borrowed from the silent movies. To us, used to the close-up intimacy of television and of microphones, their emotionalism seems ludicrous. The mobilization of the masses does not happen at mass rallies any more. It takes place in front of the TV screen. It is there that we received the call to national unity, to law and order, and to the beauty of a perfect, more harmonious past. Our reactions are synchronized by advertisements, pop concerts, sports events. There is no need to go out to become involved.

Peter Adam, “The Arts of the Third Reich”.

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