Harlan: In the Shadow of Jew Suess (2009)
Movie: Harlan: In the Shadow of Jew Suess
- Stars: August Zirner
- Release Date: April 23, 2009
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- Genre: Documentary
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 S?? (1940) – 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 epic Kolberg (1945) was the basis for Inglourious Basterds (2009)’s pivotal film-within-a-film Stolz Der Nation.) This documentary 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.