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Harlan - Im Schatten von Jud Süss (Harlan: In the Shadow of Jew Seuss) (2010)

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Many Germans who collaborated with the Nazi regime during the Third Reich later found themselves standing trial for crimes against humanity, but only one was an artist prosecuted for his work. Veit Harlan was a film director who, unlike many noted German auteurs, chose to stay in his homeland after Adolf Hitler rose to power, and made films under the supervision of the Nazi propaganda authorities. Harlan's best-known picture was Jud Süss (aka Jew Süss), a vehemently anti-Semitic drama that was

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As Moeller interviews all the candid and articulate surviving relations, we come to see how Harlan's toxic legacy played out among the generations, shattering the haunted family in ways that are disturbing and surprising.

June 10, 2010 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Harlan must have felt he was the right filmmaker at the right place at the right time. Did he ever stop to think that his luck also meant the doom of millions? Moeller's documentary can't supply an answer. It does, however, make the rest of us wonder.

June 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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Moeller stirs up a hot broth of ideas about culpability, and the power of art for good and for evil.

April 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Film.com
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Moeller is not heavy-handed in drawing conclusions; he leaves this largely to the audience.

April 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
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Moeller avoids sensationalism or pointing fingers, letting each side have its say and allowing viewers to decide Harlan's agenda for themselves.

March 5, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Post
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Although his focus remains on Veit Harlan, Mr. Moeller directly engages, if again not deeply, questions about German mass guilt and the responsibility of succeeding generations.

March 3, 2010
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Maintains a steady pace, and the score retains a sense of dismay without creating an unnecessarily depressing tone that would tarnish the more hopeful moments.

August 13, 2010 Full Review Source: CinemaBlend.com
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This open therapy session-slash-doc is a film festival and PBS-type item worth seeking out.

June 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
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Provokes and fascinates.

May 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
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More the exploration of German post-war guilt as it personally affects two different generations of one family than an analysis of Veit Harlan's films...fails to address a number of questions which it raises.

May 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

A thought provoking film about a dreadful body of work and its legacy for those yet unborn.

April 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Monsters and Critics
Monsters and Critics

Exhibit A as to why every generation needs to be reminded about the horrors of the Holocaust afresh.

March 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Sly Fox
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Thought-provoking context for a notorious film, with fascinating details on Harlan's life and oeuvre, and the complex impact of his work and ignominy on his extended family.

March 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com
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"Harlan: In the Shadow of the Jew Suss" is an engaging self-reflexive examination of a family grappling with, or refusing to fully acknowledge, something that is beyond the scope of generations.

March 6, 2010 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
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Director Moeller's hands-off approach results in too many undigested faces and cross-opinions for the majority unfamiliar with director Harlan.

March 4, 2010 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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shows that while art can quickly fade, guilt can last for untold generations

March 4, 2010 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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A provocative, illuminating and intriguing documentary.

March 3, 2010 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
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A stunning portrayal of the Third Reich cultural and political rot that got a fictionalized treatment in "Inglourious Basterds".

March 3, 2010 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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Audience Reviews for Harlan - Im Schatten von Jud Süss (Harlan: In the Shadow of Jew Seuss)

What a waste of time. This could have been a good doc, and it had everything going for it. Great subject matter with plenty of footage, conflict within a family, Kubrick's wife, and Nazi's. Moeller turns what should have been a 30 minute doc into a 2 hour borefest. It's also about Harlan making Jew Suss and he only shows about 5 minutes of the whole film, so you never get to see how offensive it really was. It repeats itself over and over and you never learn anything about Harlan or his real influence during the Nazi Regime. Watch The Wonderful Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl if you want to see a great doc about a Nazi filmmaker, because this one is a total waste of time.
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