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The City Without Jews (1924)

Die Stadt ohne Juden (original title)
Jews are expelled from the city of Utopia.

Director:

H.K. Breslauer (as Hans Karl Breslauer)

Writers:

Hugo Bettauer (novel), Ida Jenbach | 1 more credit »
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Eugen Neufeld Eugen Neufeld ... Bundeskanzler
Hans Moser ... Rat Bernart
Anny Miletty Anny Miletty ... Lotte
Johannes Riemann ... Leo Strakosch
Ferdinand Mayerhofer Ferdinand Mayerhofer ... Rat Volbert
Mizi Griebl Mizi Griebl ... Frau Volbert
Karl Tema Karl Tema ... Rat Linder (as Karl Thema)
Hans Effenberger Hans Effenberger ... Alois Carroni-Cohn
Gisela Werbisek Gisela Werbisek ... Kathi (as Gisela Werbezirk)
Armin Berg Armin Berg ... Isidor
Armin Seydelmann Armin Seydelmann ... Oberhaupt der Staatskirche
Theodor Weiser Theodor Weiser ... Redakteur Dr. Kraus
Albrecht Attems Albrecht Attems ... Amandus Grohmann
Laura Glucksman Laura Glucksman ... Verkäuferin im Modesalon Bisquit & Bruder (as Laura Glücksmann)
Abisch Meisels Abisch Meisels ... Jüdisch Zeitungsleser
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In the Republic of Utopia, because of the bad economic crisis ailing the nation, the Jews are made the scapegoats for the economic and social ills affecting the population; therefore, the government decides to expel them. Leo Strakosch is among the exiled. He is engaged to Counsellor's Linder's daughter. He gets into the Republic, in a clandestine way, to show to the society the wrongness of their anti-Semitic prejudice. Bettauer's novel differs essentially from the film version. "Vienna" was named "Utopia". Even a happy ending was provided. Written by Jasper Redhat

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The premier took place on the 25th of July, 1924 in the city of Vienna. Members of the National Socialist party threw stink bombs into the movie theaters. In Linz, the film was banned. See more »

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Featured in Der ewige Dienstmann - Hans Moser im Porträt (2010) See more »

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Boring treatment of "Holocaust" topic
1 October 2002 | by F Gwynplaine MacIntyreSee all my reviews

"Die Stadt ohne Juden" ("The Nation without Jews") is a weird political allegory, almost a fantasy. It has no supernatural elements, yet still feels like a fantasy due to its air of unreality. The story seems very far-fetched, and yet - in light of what actually happened to the Jews in Europe only a few years after this film was made - this far-fetched story is less extreme than the bizarre reality of the Holocaust. This film goes a long way towards making the Holocaust look dull and boring.

The film takes place in the far-future world of 1976, in the faraway city of Vientria. The good burghers of Vientria have just passed a new law, expelling all the Jews from their city. Leo Strakosch, a local Jew, is betrothed to the fair Lotte, a Gentile. Reluctantly complying with the law, Leo prepares to leave Vientria, but he confidently tells Lotte that he will return for her soon.

A few years pass. Without the contributions of its former Jewish citizens, the city of Vientria has now plunged into economic depression and artistic stagnation. (Unfortunately, this fits the anti-Semitic stereotype that Jews secretly control the economy.) With the entire city in decline, the burghers are starting to consider rescinding the law and allowing the Jews to return.

One Jew has already returned to Vientria: Leo Strakosch, wearing a ridiculous black moustache which is apparently meant to disguise him as a Gentile, but which only makes him look more Jewish. Posing as a non-Jew, Strakosch now gets involved in local politics and stands for office, hoping to get elected to the city's council so that he can rescind the law against the Jews.

"Die Stadt ohne Juden" features dull acting, ponderous photography, and very little of genuine interest. A title card at the beginning of the film identifies the year as 1976, but everything looks like 1924. This film is preaching to the choir. In 1924, a few people were already aware of the growing trend of European anti-Semitism and its danger to everyone. But most adults in 1924 either didn't give a damn about European Jews, or actively supported the politicians who advocated "relocation" of unwanted Jewish citizens.

I'll give this film high marks for good intentions but very low marks for actual execution: one point out of 10.


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Country:

Austria

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Release Date:

5 May 1924 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

The City Without Jews See more »

Filming Locations:

Vienna, Austria

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H. K. Breslauer-Film See more »
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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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