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Jud Süss - Film ohne Gewissen (2010)

Rise and fall of actor Ferdinand Marian, who takes the chance and stars in the anti-semitic movie Jud Süß (1940).

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Ferdinand Marian
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Anna Marian
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Justus von Dohnányi ...
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Anna Unterberger ...
Britta
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Wilhelm Adolf Deutscher
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Fritz Hippler
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Erich Knauf
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Werner Krauß
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Vlasta
Fanny Altenburger ...
Maria Marian
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Erich Engel
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Lutz
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Rise and fall of actor Ferdinand Marian, who takes the chance and stars in the anti-semitic movie Jud Süß (1940).

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Goebbels et le Juif Süss - Histoire d'une manipulation  »

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€30,000,000 (estimated)
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In the scene where Goebbels, Harlan and some other people are watching a movie on Goebbels' 43th birthday, they are watching an actual birthday home movie with the real children of Goebbels. This movie was made a few days before his birthday by Heinz Rühmann, who was invited by Goebbels himself 1940 to his villa in Wannsee near Berlin. Goebbels liked Rühmann and let him playing many movies but Rühmann himself wasn't a Nazi. See more »

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Marians wife is actually called Annemaria Albertine Böck and she died in 1949, three years after Ferdinand Marian. See more »

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Joseph Goebbels: [to Veit Harlan] I want a artistic movie, not a cheap propaganda.
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The opening credits only contain the name of the movie and a list of the production companies and supporter organizations. See more »

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References Stern von Rio (1940) See more »

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Ich hab de schönen Maderln net erfunden
composed by Ludwig Schmidseder and Theo Prosel
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Almost perfect
26 September 2010 | by (Yurp) – See all my reviews

German movies about the Nazi dictatorship are usually heavily subsidised, but nothing to write home about (which actually goes for most German movies these days). "Jud Süß -- Film ohne Gewissen" by Oscar Roehler stands out because it tries to go beyond the simplistic message that "the Nazis were evil". Instead it honestly tries to explore the fact why an actor who didn't sympathise with the Nazis nevertheless chose to play lead in Veit Harlan's antisemitic "masterpiece". We witness Ferdinand Marian getting sucked deep into the heart of darkness. Oscar Roehler also takes a good look at the sexual life of the fascist bohème, with an impressive performance by Gudrun Landgrebe, who looks unbelievably foxy despite her sixty years of age.

This was also the only movie I can think of that displays survivors of the Nazi death machine not as saintly survivors but as brutalised human beings.

That said, I take umbrage at four aspects of this movie:

* the -- pardon my French -- overly drastic fellatio scene between Goebbels and housemaid Britta, who wears a golden swastika pendant to hammer home the fact that she's a Nazi slag (and while I'm at it, the actress playing her, Anna Unterberger, is far to blonde and svelte for a realistic housemaid)

* in the movie, Ferdinand Marian's wife Anna is a "semi-Jewess" who is eventually murdered by the Nazis while Marian lives the high life of a Nazi A-list actor; in reality she wasn't Jewish (although she had previously been married to a Jew and in consequence her daughter was "half Jewish"), and survived her husband by three years; in my book, that alteration was hammy and unfair game

* unlike displayed in the movie, Marian probably died in an "ordinary" traffic accident and didn't commit suicide

* I didn't get the scene where Marian is in a nightclub in Prague with a transvestite; also, in that same scene we see a German soldier firing into the crowd with his Luger, a histrionic scene which would have resulted in carnage plus a court martial for the shooter

You have to view these criticisms in the light that this movie was booed at the Berlinale, ostracised by many critics, and the highest Jewish representative in Germany even called for it to be banned. Of course everyone is free to dislike and criticise this movie, but I simply don't understand what caused this massive rejection of a serious, well-made and captivating movie.

PS: for reference, if you want a movie that really deals with Nazism in an inappropriate manner, check out "Der Vorleser".


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