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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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Youth Culture Revisited

Youth Culture Revisited

(p.327) 25 Youth Culture Revisited
Veit Harlan

Frank Noack

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter deals with two low-budget, low-prestige, black-and-white “vice pictures” Harlan consented to make for the poorly regarded Arca company. The first, Anders als du und ich (Different from you and me, 1957), deals with a mother who encourages her housemaid to seduce her son in order to lure him away from his homosexual friends; in the second, Liebe kann wie Gift sein (Love can be like poison, 1958), a girl who had a very sheltered upbringing becomes a nude model, prostitute, and drug addict. Both films are unusual in Harlan’s oeuvre for their urban and contemporary setting. They are also unusual, in this late phase of his career, for centering on young people who can’t relate to their materialistic fathers. The films’ tone is moralistic on the surface, but Harlan clearly enjoys depicting the sleazier aspects of West German society during the postwar economic miracle. Anders als du und ich remains his most controversial film, being accused of both pro-gay and antigay propaganda.

Keywords:   contemporary setting, Germany’s economic miracle, exploitation, homosexuality, sleaziness, urban setting, young people, Arca, Anders als du und ich, Liebe kann wie Gift sein

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