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]