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View All Harlan - Im Schatten von Jud Süss (Harlan: In the Shadow of Jew Seuss) News
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This movie is a one-trick pony. It depicts the efforts of Harlan's children and grandchildren, many who appear in the film, to clear his name from the taint of anti-Semitism. They didn't convince me.
Psychobiography of this sort runs throughout the film, and Moeller lets it all unspool without undue editorializing. Some of the ironies are flabbergasting.
A potentially fascinating topic is given a disappointing treatment.
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.
Whatever florid talent Harlan had, he apparently had no scruples.
Ultimately, Harlan: In the Shadow of Jew Süss is interesting for plunging into the labyrinthine psychological turmoil of the Harlan family, but it focuses too little on the root cause.
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.
Provokes and fascinates.
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.
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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