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Harlan: In the Shadow of Jew Suess (2008)

Harlan - Im Schatten von Jud Süß (original title)
Not Rated | | Documentary | 23 April 2009 (Germany)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
August Zirner ... Narrator (voice)
Alice Harlan Alice Harlan ... Self
Lotte Harlan Lotte Harlan ... Self
Nele Harlan Nele Harlan ... Self
Lena Harlan Lena Harlan ... Self
Thomas Harlan ... Self
Kristian Harlan Kristian Harlan ... Self
Caspar Harlan Caspar Harlan ... Self
Maria Körber Maria Körber ... Self
Veit Harlan ... Self (archive footage)
Jan Harlan ... Self
Christiane Kubrick ... Self
Hilde Körber ... Self (archive footage)
Kristina Söderbaum ... Self (archive footage)
Susanne Körber-Harlan ... Self (archive footage)




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 (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. Written by Zeitgeist Films and Jeffrey Prawdiuk-Spurr

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29 December 2010 | by c-partridgeSee all my reviews

This eagerly anticipated 2008 documentary is a disappointment. Although offering information about a dedicated craftsman, it fails to give a comprehensive overview of Veit Harlan's life or a clear outline of his relationship with the studio bosses.

A series of interviews with his wife, children and grandchildren elicits confusing details which this viewer struggled to put into chronological order. The director, or editors, seemed to enjoy withholding details about the different members of Harlan's extended family, the way William Faulkner holds back information about his anguished Southern families.

The Harlans comprise diverse and complex personalities - architect, actors, investigative journalist, painters - and, as highly intelligent and well-educated personalities, they presented diverse interpretations of their father's or grandfather's character and career. These figures provided more substance to the narrative than the intermittent story of Veit Harlan himself.

His allegedly infamous film "Jud Suss" seems very tame when judged by the sequences shown. Although the work of a craftsman, its melodrama is antiquated; and it might be time to remove it from the historical spotlight and consign it to "strictly film school". Clips from his other films make Harlan appear more interesting and innovative.

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