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Forbidden Films (2014)

Verbotene Filme (original title)
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During the years of the Third Reich, some 1200 films were produced under Joseph Goebbels' ministry of propaganda. Until now, 40 of them are still banned in Germany.

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Felix Moeller

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Felix Moeller

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Credited cast:
Hans Albers ... (archive footage)
Götz Aly Götz Aly ... Himself - Historian
Elise Aulinger Elise Aulinger ... (archive footage)
Berta Drews Berta Drews ... (archive footage)
Stefan Drössler Stefan Drössler ... Himself, Filmmuseum Munich
Walter Franck Walter Franck ... (archive footage)
Jörg Friess Jörg Friess ... Himself, Zeughaus Cinema Berlin
Heinrich George ... (archive footage)
Paul Hartmann ... (archive footage)
Heidemarie Hatheyer ... (archive footage)
Adolf Hitler ... Himself (archive footage)
Emil Jannings ... (archive footage)
Jörg Jannings Jörg Jannings ... Himself - nephew of Emil Jannings
Karl John ... (archive footage)
Heinz Klingenberg Heinz Klingenberg ... (archive footage)
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In a fortified, explosion-proof bunker of the German Federal Archives Vault, 2000 film reels made of celluloid, and the highly flammable nitrocellulose, are meticulously organised and stored. They are the silent witnesses of a bygone era when more than 1200 films were produced under the Nazi regime, depicting a wide array of topics, ranging from chest-thumping musicals to insidious melodramas about euthanasia itself. Until now, an ongoing censorship still exists for about 40 films of Joseph Goebbels' ministry of propaganda--and even though some are blatant works of manipulation--minute hints and cleverly-hidden insinuations throughout some movies, prove that film is propaganda's most important part. With the help of distinguished experts and German film historians, this is an attempt to provide the viewers with enough stimuli on the debate about the controversial subject of censorship, and the inner conflict about where one draws the line on such a delicate matter. Written by Nick Riganas

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Prohibited Films: The Repressed Legacy of Nazi Cinema. See more »

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Official Sites:

Zeitgeist Films

Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

6 March 2014 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Betiltott filmek See more »

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Germany

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An interesting look at the dark side of movie making
5 June 2019 | by pscamp01See all my reviews

Of the over 1000 movies made in Germany during the Nazi era, 40 of them are still banned from public showing in that country, except under special circumstances. (Or, at least, that was the case in 2014, when this documentary was made.) Forbidden Films is a look at these movies and the ethical dilemmas they create. Clips from various of the more egregious propaganda movies are shown, alternating with talking head shots of scholars and film makers who discuss their merits, or lack thereof. There are also shot of audience members' reactions at selected screenings of the movies. And then there is the interview with two neo-Nazis who discuss how the movies are still being used as recruitment tools. Among the issues raised are whether it will ever be safe to allow unfettered access to the movies, wouldn't controlled showings be useful as an educational tool and whether by censoring the movies, the German government isn't actually enhancing interest in them. Lots of food for thought with no easy answers.


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