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Anyone with an interest in the intersection between film history and world history, or in the psychological powers of narrative cinema, should see Forbidden Films.
Contemporary issues pale before the fascination exerted by the generously sampled films themselves, executed throughout with masterful classical film vocabulary.
The documentary takes an equivocal stance, implying that just because a film should not be shown doesn't mean that it should be banned.
Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
The on-camera experts make intelligent, earnest points, but the Web means there’s no such thing as a real ban. Indeed the movies have always been available, as two former neo-Nazis point out.
The New York Times
This is a documentary fascinated with and fearful of cinema’s potency, but it’s also devoted to the idea of open discourse, a stance that underlines the urgency of thinking about film critically.
The Hollywood Reporter
While the onscreen debate about the issues occasionally proves a bit dry, there's no denying the inherent twisted power of the films themselves.
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