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Veit Harlan

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Veit Harlan was a notorious filmmaker who created Nazi propaganda feature films during WW II. His most famous film was Jud Süss a cruel anti-Semitic story filled with vicious stereotypes of Jews. He got his start in German cinema in 1927 as an actor and made his directorial debut in 1934. After many of the country's best filmmakers fled the country, Goebbels embraced him and under his watchful eye, Harlan began his cycle of pro-Nazi films. Most of them were historical epics loaded with sentiment and allegorical references to the justness of the Third Reich's cause. Looking back, much of his work is considered emotionally overwrought and pretentious propaganda at its worst, but Jud Süss was a different kettle of fish. The Leon Feuchtwanger novel on which the story was based was actually sympathetic to the plight of the ghetto-bound Jews. But Veidt turned it around by presenting the Jewish people in such a negative light that the Nazis' efforts to ethnically cleanse Germany seemed justified. Such negative stereotyping as justification for racism is a film ploy that has been used in the cinema of many countries, including the U.S., but in 1950, following the war, the time when the House Committee for Un-American Activities was busy persecuting American film personalities, Harlan was tried in world court and acquitted for disseminating Nazi propaganda. After that he continued directing through 1962.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Krach im Hinterhaus (Trouble Backstairs)
  • Director
2015
No Score Yet Immensee - Ein deutsches Volkslied
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2014
No Score Yet Verwehte Spuren (Covered Tracks)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2014
No Score Yet Maria, die Magd
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2013
No Score Yet Das unsterbliche Herz (The Immortal Heart)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2012
No Score Yet Der große König (The Great King)
  • Director
2012
No Score Yet Jugend
  • Director
2012
No Score Yet Die Reise nach Tilsit (The Trip to Tilsit)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2011
No Score Yet Anders als du und ich (Bewildered Youth)
  • Director
1957
No Score Yet Verrat An Deutschland
  • Screenwriter
1954
No Score Yet Unsterbliche Geliebte
  • Screenwriter
1950
No Score Yet Kolberg
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Director
1945
No Score Yet Opfergang
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1944
No Score Yet Die goldene Stadt (The Golden City)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1942
No Score Yet Jud Suss
  • Screenwriter
1941
No Score Yet Jew Suss
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1940
No Score Yet Die Kreutzersonate (The Kreutzer Sonata)
  • Director
1937
No Score Yet Der Herrscher (The Ruler)
  • Director
1937
No Score Yet Die Hose
  • Actor

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