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Harlan – In the Shadow of “Jew Süss”

Though almost forgotten today, Veit Harlan was one of Nazi Germany’s most notorious filmmakers. His most perfidious film was the treacherous anti-Semitic propaganda film “Jew Süss”—required viewing for all SS members. An unrepentant and blindly obsessive craftsman, no figure—save for Leni Riefenstahl—is as closely associated with the cinema of the Holocaust years. (Harlan’s 1945 epic “Kolberg” was the basis for “Inglourious Basterds”’ pivotal film-within-a-film “Stolz Der Nation.”) “Harlan – In the Shadow of ‘Jew Süss'” is an eye-opening examination of World War II film history as well as the story of a German family from the Third Reich to the present, one that is marked by reckoning, denial and liberation. [Synopsis courtesy of Zeitgeist Films]

Forbidden Films: The Hidden Legacy of Nazi Film

Between 1933 and 1945 roughly 1200 films were made in Germany, of which 300 were banned by the Allied forces. Today, around 40 films, called “Vorbehaltsfilme”, are locked away from the public with an uncertain future. Should they be re-released, destroyed, or continue to be neglected?