Forbidden Films: The Hidden Legacy of Nazi Film 05/08/18

Zeitgeist / Kino Lorber

Plenty of films considered politically beyond the pale have been locked up, for reasons good and bad. A German filmmaker born decades after WW2 offers a documentary about the controversy over ‘sensitive’ Nazi films, the propaganda features that encouraged racial hatred and offered lies to support the Third Reich’s oppressive policies. We can easily visualize American neo-Nazis cheering the messages in these pictures. What’s the verdict? Let them loose or destroy them? The abundant clips illustrate films directing hate at Poles, Jews, and the English, films that support lies about the war, and a pernicious propaganda melodrama about the Reich’s program of ‘compassionate’ euthanasia. On DVD from Zeitgeist / Kino Lorber.