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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

Writers:

Veit Harlan (screenplay), Wolfgang Eberhard Möller (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

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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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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Production Co:

Terra-Filmkunst See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Tobis-Klangfilm)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The production used residents from the Jewish ghettos of Prague and Lublin as extras in several scenes. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the movie Oppenheimer prayed to let him life by taking his fortune but it was declined. In real life the judges offered him to become Christian what he declined. Instead he was praying the Schma Jisrael, a verse from the daily prayer from the Thora. See more »

Quotes

Joseph Süß Oppenheimer: I would like to know, if you can recomend me a nice inn.
Aktuarius Faber: In the residenz Stuttgart there aren't any jew hostels.
Joseph Süß Oppenheimer: [quietly] My compliment to you human knowledge, sir.
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Referenced in George (2013) See more »

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Interesting.
31 October 2005 | by limetteSee all my reviews

A couple of years ago, I saw this film in my history class. It's been long, so I couldn't give a detailed summery of what exactly happened, however, the plot wasn't what stayed with me anyway. What registered, more than anything, was that this was a propaganda film intended to convince the audience that Jews were evil. It is not that the villain - whom I remember to be partly intriguing, partly repulsive - just happens to be Jewish. The final scene makes it quite clear that he is the way he is because he is Jewish. It's when the film abandons all subtlety and decides to give its message a final hit with a hammer, to assure it's been properly driven into the heads of the audience.

I find it quite impossible to judge this film under any other than the propaganda aspect. While it may be a decent film a far as technical apect are concerned, it is nothing anyone could watch purely for his or her amusement, at least not if they know about the historical background; and people in Germany are probably even more aware of this than anyone else. I cannot ignore that this film was meant to sow hatred, and nor do I want to. All other questions, whether the acting and directing were good or whether the dialogues were well-written, are of secondary importance to me. Certainly the film was well-made - how else would it have worked so well? - but even this doesn't make it into something watchable or entertaining.


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