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Veit HarlanThe Life and Work of a Nazi Filmmaker$
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Frank Noack

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780813167008

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813167008.001.0001

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Lights, Camera, Action

Lights, Camera, Action

(p.45) 4 Lights, Camera, Action
Veit Harlan

Frank Noack

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter deals with Harlan’s belated debut as a screen actor. He appears in four films throughout 1927, one sentimental drama and three comedies, and all of them produced or released by Communist and progressive companies. Two of them are scripted by the Communist film theoretician Béla Balász. Onstage, Harlan is confronted with anti-Semitism when a Nazi critic accuses Walter Franck, cast in the title role of Gerhart Hauptmann’s drama Florian Geyer, of being too Jewish looking to play this German hero. At the State Theater, Harlan meets a young actress from Vienna, Hilde Körber, who is his complete opposite: sensitive, introverted, full of empathy for others, and humorless. They marry in early 1929 shortly after the birth of their first son, Thomas.

Keywords:   anti-Semitism, Communist film companies, debut as screen actor, first son, script by film theoretician, second marriage, Hilde Körber

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