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.
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.
Moeller stirs up a hot broth of ideas about culpability, and the power of art for good and for evil.
Moeller is not heavy-handed in drawing conclusions; he leaves this largely to the audience.
Moeller avoids sensationalism or pointing fingers, letting each side have its say and allowing viewers to decide Harlan's agenda for themselves.
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.
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.
This open therapy session-slash-doc is a film festival and PBS-type item worth seeking out.
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.
A thought provoking film about a dreadful body of work and its legacy for those yet unborn.
Exhibit A as to why every generation needs to be reminded about the horrors of the Holocaust afresh.
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.
"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.
Director Moeller's hands-off approach results in too many undigested faces and cross-opinions for the majority unfamiliar with director Harlan.
shows that while art can quickly fade, guilt can last for untold generations
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