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Jud Süß (1940)

| Drama | 1941 (Italy)
Infamous anti-Semitic Nazi propaganda historical drama about Duke Karl Alexander of Württemberg and his treasurer Süß Oppenheimer.

Director:

Veit Harlan

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Veit Harlan (screenplay), Wolfgang Eberhard Möller (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ferdinand Marian ... Joseph Süß Oppenheimer
Kristina Söderbaum ... Dorothea Sturm / Faber
Heinrich George ... Karl Alexander, Herzog von Württemberg
Werner Krauss ... Rabbi Loew / Levy - Oppenheimers Sekretär / Schächter Isaak / seniler Alte (as Werner Krauß)
Eugen Klöpfer ... Landschaftskonsulent Sturm
Albert Florath Albert Florath ... Obrist Röder
Malte Jaeger Malte Jaeger ... Aktuarius Faber
Theodor Loos ... Franz Joseph Freiherr von Remchingen
Hilde von Stolz ... Herzogin von Württemberg
Else Elster ... Luziana
Walter Werner Walter Werner ... Herr Fiebelkorn
Jakob Tiedtke ... Konsistorialrat
Otto F. Henning Otto F. Henning ... Vorsitzender des Gerichts (as Otto Henning)
Emil Heß Emil Heß ... Schmied Hans Bogner
Charlotte Schultz Charlotte Schultz ... Frau Fiebelkorn
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In this notorious Nazi propaganda historical costume melodrama, a conniving, ambitious Jewish businessman, Süß Oppenheimer, snares a post as treasurer to the Duke of Wurttemburg by showering the corrupt duke with treasure and promises of even greater riches. As the Jew's schemes grow more elaborate and his actions more brazen, the dukedom nearly erupts into civil war. Persuaded by the Jew, the Duke all but scuttles the constitution and alienates the assembly by lifting the local ban on Jews in Stuttgart. In a final outrage, the Jew rapes a wholesome German girl and tortures her father and fiancée. When the Duke succumbs to a sudden heart attack, the assembly of Elders try the Jew and sentence him to death for having "carnal knowledge of a Christian woman". Written by Kevin Rayburn <kprayb01@gwise.louisville.edu>

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Joseph Goebbels' malevolent masterpiece.

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

1941 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Jew Süss See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

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Terra-Filmkunst See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Tobis-Klangfilm)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Veit Harlan's anti-Semitic curtain-raiser for the Final Solution is still (2008) banned on the free market in Germany, but may be shown for educational purposes. See more »

Goofs

In real life the conflict between Karl Alexander von Württemberg and the territorial estates were performed without any interferes from Oppenheimer, unlike in the movie where he was actually opening this conflict himself. See more »

Quotes

Joseph Süß Oppenheimer: I thought Württemberg was rich?
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Halloween flick
30 October 2004 | by kemersonSee all my reviews

This baroque melodrama is the perfect Halloween flick. To watch Jud Suss is to enter an alternative universe in which Hitler had invaded Russia 6 weeks earlier, won the war, and we were all watching a different type of movie. The level of political incorrectness is horrifying. The film was the top grossing film in Germany in 1940 during a period when Germany actually had a popular film industry. It is one of about 30 films (Vorbehaltsfilme) you could be arrested in Germany for possessing. (So far it has not shown up on popular film file sharing networks). Academics may view these Vorbehaltsfilmes in private viewing sessions and film festivals. Others are subjected to home invasions by the police. The final word regarding the film would have to be the chapter Eric Rentschler devotes to it in his masterpiece, The Ministry of Illusion. There is no official list of proscribed titles (Vorbehaltsfilme)because as Rentschler puts it, "Such a list would only demonstrate that the German government considers the populace of its democracy in crucial ways politically immature" (p. 221)Many of the movies Rentschler devotes chapters to are hard to find.


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