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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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Veit Harlan

Frank Noack

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter deals with Veit Harlan’s last film and theater projects and with his realization that he is out of touch with contemporary culture. There is only a limited audience for Ich werde dich auf Händen tragen (I will carry you on my hands, 1958) despite having the same ingredients that constituted his biggest successes: a serious literary source, a female target audience, the use of beautiful rural locations, and color photography. Critics either despise him for his Nazi past or don’t take him seriously. Because of his poor health, Harlan tries to secure his legacy: he works on his autobiography, gives interviews to television journalists and to U.S. film historian David Stewart Hull, and retires to the Italian isle of Capri, where he dies in 1964.

Keywords:   anti-Harlan protesters, David Stewart Hull, death, film historian, last projects, legacy, out of touch, Ich werde dich auf Händen tragen

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