Harlan: In the Shadow of Jew Suess (2008)

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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 Jud Süß ... See full summary »


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28 December 2010 | kosmasp
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| Light and darkness
And of course the shadow. The thing is, that there is not that much light into the matter. All relatives of the director of the infamous "Jud Süß", the propaganda film of the Nazi Regime, talk here. And they have different opinions on the movie and their father (or grandfather in some cases).

The question if he knew what was going on will not be entirely solved though. If that is what you are looking for you will be disappointed. In general, there is not that much information you will gain from this documentary. It will tell you how some people felt about the movie, what happened in some years, but I am missing the depth. What I did like, was the fact, that there still is some controversy amongst the siblings (some even defending the choice of Harlan, when he made the movie).

It is difficult for a filmmaker and it must have been even more difficult. It's just a shame there was never a complete reveal of what happened. Was it the Regime that made him do it or did he believe what he was filming too? If the latter is true, than he was a criminal too. It seems we will never know for sure. I hope that they will make a documentary about the dilemma of directors though that shines a light on this subject once more

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Genres

Documentary

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Release Date:

23 April 2009

Language

German, French, Italian


Country of Origin

Germany, Finland

Filming Locations

Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,258 7 March 2010

Gross USA:

$54,305

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$54,305

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