in the shadow of Jew Süss

DVD - 2010 | German
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Though almost forgotten today, Veit Harlan was one of Nazi Germany's most notorious filmmakers. Millions across occupied Europe saw his films, the most infamous of which was the horrific anti-Semitic propaganda film Jew Suss, which was required viewing for all SS members. Harlan was also the only artist from the Nazi era to be charged with war crimes. Included are never-before-seen archival footage, unearthed film excerpts, rare home movies, and new interviews.


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MovieWatch Sep 03, 2014

This documentary was one of four viewed by my congregation. It gave the viewer the opportunity to see propaganda during Nazi Germany and how the German film industry was used to further the cause of anti-Semitism not only in the populations but amongst the German troops. The interviews of the family members of Veit Harlan and how his children and grandchildren now see themselves and their grandfather added another dimension to this documentary. I would recommend seeing "Harlan: In the Shadow of Jew Suss."

Feb 18, 2012

This is an excellent documentary DVD.
I am especially impressed with the consciousness, openness and extremely moral sensitivity that Tomas Harlan shares.
His life reflecting his mission that was given by the film of his father Veit Harlan: Jud Suess. Veit Harlan portrayed as a genuinely good guy, however not sensitive to human rights, especially sacrificing the rights of the Jews for his career and personal success. His son Thomas Veit is so authentic and praise worthy when talking about his attempts and life long struggle to make good what his father had created in the monster film Jud Suess.
This is a warning for everybody's life. Thank you Zeitgeist films and tank you DBRL!

Feb 18, 2012

Sub-titles &/or closed caption quality review:
The film has English sub-titles available; no closed-captions are available:
Quality on a scale of 0 - 4:
1 = Poor: Small sub-titles; lower case; blurry white letters; and lacking a black background behind the sub-titled letters, making them especially hard to read when the film imagery behind the sub-titles is light in value or white. There is an English language sentence spoken by Christiana Kubrick (a niece of Harlan) with no sub-titles; the documentary director assumes (very erroneously) all English-speaking movie goers have great hearing.

Other than the very serious flaw of very poorly designed sub-titles (shamefully ignored by film reviewers, including the NYTimes review of March 2, 2010 by Manohla Dargis) the documentary offers a very comprehensive yet nonetheless intriguingly fascinating overview of the film career of Nazi filmmaker Veit Harlan during the Third Reich and in the post war years.
Those interviewed include his children, now seniors; grandchildren; nieces & nephews. Among those interviewed are Christiane Kubrick. Ms Kubrick, a German actress, painter, singer & dancer born in 1932, was a niece of Veit Harlan, and was married to Stanley Kubrick, the late, great film director; Kubrick was Jewish.
Harlan's children, while all repelled by their father's work on behalf of poisonous anti-Semitic and anti-Jewish hate, are of opposing ideas as to whether or not their father was anti-Semitic; this difference is one of the more fascinating part of the documentary. I found myself laughing when the contention that their dad was not an anti-Semite was offered.


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