CULTURAL AUTOPSY 17
The IMAGE OF THE ENEMY
Location: Filmtheater t’Hoogt
In World War Two, the Americans succeeded in perfecting the art of propaganda through film. Popeye, Donald and Daffy kept the morale up at home, while vicious (pseudo) documentaries strengthened the dislike of the enemy among the soldiers.
You’re a Sap, Mr. Jap
DAN GORDON / PARAMOUNT (USA 1942, 16MM, 7:00MIN)
Popeye sails the Pacific, looking to pick a fight with the Japanese. He comes across a Japanese fishing boat. Just as he is about to flash his fists, the Japanese offer him a peace treaty. Popeye’s all for peace, but can the Japanese be trusted?
U.S. TREASURY DEPARTMENT (USA, 1945, VIDEO, 17:00 MIN)
A white man disguised to look and sound like a Japanese takes the viewer into the strange ways of the Japanese mind.
TEX AVERY / METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER (USA 1942, 16MM, 10:00 MIN)
Avery depicts a parody of the Three Little Pigs, told from the perspective of a Second World War anti-German propaganda.
Education for Death
CLYDE GERONIMI / WALT DISNEY STUDIOS (USA 1943, 16MM, 10:00 MIN)
A young German boy is indoctrinated into conforming with the Nazi social mindset.
Your Job in Germany (AKA Hitler Lives)
FRANK CAPRA / US WAR DEPARTMENT (USA 1945, 16MM, 15:00 MIN)
This film is produced for American occupation troops to discourage fraternization with their former enemies, the German people as World War II is blamed on their ‘inherent belligerism’.
FRANK TASHLIN / WARNER BROTHERS (USA 1944, 16MM, 7:00 MIN)
Daffy Duck is a message courier bird delivering a military secret that a femme fatale Nazi spy is determined to get.
Our Job in Japan
THEODORE GEISEL (USA 1946, 16MM, 17:00 MIN)
The Japanese are portrayed as the victims of cynical leaders who filled their minds with thoughts of world conquest.
(This selection is curated by IMPAKT)