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Veit Harlan: The Life and Work of a Nazi Filmmaker

Frank Noack

Abstract

Veit Harlan has often been called “the male Leni Riefenstahl,” but he poses a much bigger challenge for the biographer because he directed a frighteningly effective anti-Semitic hate picture, Jud Süss (1940), for which he had to defend himself in two trials. A detailed portrait of him raises the question whether it is permitted to appreciate the artistic talents of a man who actively supported the Nazi regime’s genocidal politics. There is no precedent for this challenge because none of the leading Nazi criminals produced enduring works of art, whereas Harlan did. Moral questions inevitably ar ... More

Keywords: anti-Semitism, gay studies, individualism, melodrama, moral questions, mysticism, opportunism, sexism, women’s studies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780813167008
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813167008.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Frank Noack, author