00011275.gif _Interview with Mr. Frank Wisbar_ Monogram Pictures Hollywood, California June 24, 1943 Mr. Wisbar was one of the most successful moving picture directors in Germany. He met Hitler a number of times primarily at the studios and at parties given for film people. He believes that it is a great mistake to consider Hitler as insane in any sense of the term. He considers him intelligent and clever and quite an actor in his own right. He believes that one of the most important factors In Hitler's success is his self-confidence which appealed to the German people at the time inasmuch as they were confused and lacked all confidence in the future. He spoke at length of Hitler's great interest in the film industry and the amount of time he devoted to it. Hitler frequently telephoned him about details of films in production and about even minor characters in the cast. Wisbar said he got the impression at times that Hitler devoted about an hour a day to politics and the rest of his time to movie details. He told of meetings which were frequently held for the purpose of convincing the directors to make Nazi movies which would, in their opinion, "give the people what they want." Wisbar said that their views along this line followed their regular propaganda techniques. They were to be repetitious, simple, devoid of all subtlety and with no concern for the artistic element. Goebbels, at one meeting, gave as an illustration of "real" drama which the movies might well follow, a meeting at which he was to announce Hitler. There were heavy clouds in the sky and Goebbels kept talking and talking with one eye on the clouds and timed it in such a way that he announced Hitler just as the sun broke through the clouds. This, he said, was real showmanship and the sort of thing the German people wanted. This was the type of thing which he said impressed them and the movies were neglecting this aspect. Hitler considered "Our Daily Bread" filmed in 1355 or 1936 as an ideal type of Nazi film although it was not made for this purpose. Wisbar was director for Leni Riefenstahl who was one of Hitler's favorites. From what Leni told Wisbar he gathered that there was nothing abnormal sexually in their relationship. She told him that Hitler was very shy when he was with her and that he was far from dashing. He was so retiring, in fact, that the girl had to take the initiative at all times. On several occasions Hitler ordered the production of films stopped and sometimes shelved on the complaint of an actress. This happened so frequently that it was extremely difficult to manage the girls who were often guests at the Chancellery since they threatened to complain to Hitler if they did not get the part they wished or the script were not changed to suit their fancy.
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