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  • Summary: Though almost forgotten today, Veit Harlan was one of Nazi Germany’s most notorious filmmakers. Millions all across occupied Europe saw his films, the most perfidious of which was the treacherous anti-Semitic propaganda film Jew Süss—required viewing for all SS members. An unrepentant and blindly obsessive craftsman, no figure—save for Leni Riefenstahl—is as closely associated with the cinema of the Holocaust years as that of Joseph Goebbels’ top director. (Harlan’s 1945 epic Kolberg was the basis for Inglourious Basterds’ pivotal film-within-a-film Stolz Der Nation.) Harlan was also the only artist from the Nazi era to be charged with war crimes. (Zeigeist Films) Collapse
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  1. The viciously anti-Semitic 1940 German movie “Jew Süss” is one of the most notorious films ever made...Today it is one of the few Nazi-era films that still cannot legally be shown.
  2. Deeply fascinating, unexpectedly potent documentary.
  3. Still a mystery: Harlan’s own sense of guilt. But there’s plenty to go around.
  4. 75
    For a few years, Veit 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.
  5. Only ends up skimming the surface. But even the skimming is largely interesting and thought-provoking, and of course very bleak.
  6. Reviewed by: Karina Longworth
    50
    Stuffed with talking heads, Harlan is overlong and redundant, but its core questions are worthy.
  7. Rather than delving deep into its subject, the film loses focus by concentrating on the feelings of Harlan's descendants rather than a deep analysis of the man himself.

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