Forbidden films

Forbidden films

the hidden legacy of Nazi film

DVD - 2018 | German
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Germany's Third Reich made 1,200 feature films. According to experts, some 100 of these were blatant Nazi propaganda. More than 40 of these films remain under lock and key. Director Felix interviews German film historians, archivists and filmgoers in an investigation of the power, and potential danger, of cinema when used for ideological purposes. Moeller shows how contentious these films remain, and how propaganda can retain its punch when presented to audiences susceptible to manipulation.

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Oct 28, 2018

Unlike "Hitler's Hollywood" which focuses on a large sample of the approximate 1200 films produced while the Nazis were in power, this documentary deals with the ethics of viewing the more powerful / offensive features like "Jew Suss", "I Accuse" ( euthanasia ), "Hitler Youth Quex", "The Rothschilds", "Uncle Kruger", " The Eternal Jew" and "Stukas". The debates are set largely in Germany and Israel. The moral dilemma is whether banning the films is another form of fascism akin to the book burning vs. the fear that viewing the movies will encourage neo-nazis and wrongly influence young children. They also discuss that some of the films have had Nazi imagery edited out. Not surprisingly it was difficult to have a consensus. There was an almost universal agreement that editing was not the path. Many felt the films should be available to pre-teen children only with guided discussions. Others felt the films had no value at all and should be banned. Some thought they should be shown on television. See what you think by watching this excellent documentary. It is not an easy moral issue. Recommended. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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