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Forbidden Films (Verbotene Filme)

, 2014

“Moeller’s film induces us to once again question viewer competence. Is every adult aware of how manipulative the means used by films are — back in the age of Goebbels and today in the age of marketing?“ – Konkret

Between 1933 and 1945, the Third Reich produced over 1,200 feature films. Today, more than 70 years after the Nazi regime, 40 of these films remain banned from public screening. Out of fear for their anti-Semitic content, none of these films may be released on DVD or broadcast on television – they remain under lock and key, and can only be shown behind closed doors at scholarly events.

Filmmaker and researcher Felix Moeller continues to examine the ideology behind the notorious banned films of the Nazi era. Shot in several cities – including controversial public debates in Jerusalem, Paris, Berlin, and Munich – and featuring interviews with renowned film historians and directors, Forbidden Films is a fascinating documentary that questions the meaning of the banned films and searches for the accountability of those involved. How should we deal with this dark legacy: is it worth preserving, or should it be allowed to disappear once and for all?

94 mins/ German (English Subtitles)
Director — Felix Moeller