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Forbidden Films (2015)

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1,200 feature films were made in Germany's Third Reich. According to experts, some 100 of these were blatant Nazi propaganda. Nearly seventy years after the end of the Nazi regime, more than 40 of these films remain under lock and key. Director Felix Moeller (Harlan: In the Shadow of Jew Süss) interviews German film historians, archivists and filmgoers in an investigation of the power, and potential danger, of cinema when used for ideological purposes. Utilizing clips from the films and recorded discussions from public screenings (permitted in Germany in educational contexts) in Munich, Berlin, Paris and Jerusalem, Moeller shows how contentious these 70-year-old films remain, and how propaganda can retain its punch when presented to audiences susceptible to manipulation. -Telluride Film Festival (C) Zeitgeist Films

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Forbidden Films offers fascinating clips from such notorious efforts as The Eternal Jew, Jew Suss and The Rothschilds. All were made to incite anti-Semitic passions and justify Nazi atrocities.

May 14, 2015 | Full Review…
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Of more than 1,200 films produced under the Nazi regime, to this day Germany bans about 40 it has deemed dangerous propaganda. Why that is so, and whether it does any good, is the ostensible subject of Felix Moeller's documentary.

May 14, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

This is a documentary fascinated with and fearful of cinema's potency, but it's also devoted to the idea of open discourse, a stance that underlines the urgency of thinking about film critically.

May 14, 2015 | Full Review…

Moeller gives opponents of censorship the last word; meanwhile, his selection of clips of the censored films offers surprising glimpses of the cinematic unconscious at work.

May 14, 2015 | Full Review…

Moeller's documentary has taken an important step toward opening a discussion that can only be more useful than silence, or than the warehousing of these films in a structure where they remain unseen, prohibited-and liable to explode.

June 16, 2017 | Full Review…

A frustrating movie in some ways, but an important reminder of the power of cinema to manipulate and seduce us, and not always for the better.

June 1, 2015 | Full Review…

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