Jud Süss – Film ohne Gewissen (2010)

 


 

Genre: Biography,Drama,War

Jud Süss – Film ohne Gewissen (2010)
   
Release Date: August 2010 (Austria)
Country: Germany , Austria
Director: Oskar Roehler
Cast:
  • Tobias Moretti
  • Moritz Bleibtreu
  • Martina Gedeck
  • Justus von Dohnanyi
  • Heribert Sasse
  • Martin Feifel
  • Anna Unterberger
  • Milan Peschel
  • Armin Rohde
  • Paula Kalenberg
  • Erika Marozsán
  • Ralf Bauer
  • Robert Stadlober
  • Martin Butzke
  • Rolf Zacher


One Response to Jud Süss – Film ohne Gewissen (2010)

  1. mark-1589
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    This sounds like quite an interesting project. I have long wanted to know more about the original film, Jud Süß. The way I first learned about the film is through law – it was one of the key events in one of the most important law cases in Post WWII Europe – the Lüth decision handed down by the German Federal Constitutional Court in 1957, a case which laid the foundations both for free speech and the protections of fundamental rights in general in the Federal Repbulic of Germany. The director of Jud Süß, Vit Harlan, was prosecuted after the War for his collaboration with the Nazis, in particular the making of the virulent anti-semitic film, Jud Süß. Although he managed to avoid serious legal consequences (such as jail), it did harm his career, and it was not until some time in the 1950’s that he was able to attempt a comeback – with a film that sounded dreadful – Immortal Beloved. In order to move past their Nazi past, Mr. Lüth wished to prevent Harlan from restarting his film career, so he initiated a public boycott of the film. Harlan and the backers sued him, obtaining a court order that he cease and desist with his boycott. Lüth brought the case to the Constitutional Court, at that time a quite new institution in Germany, and it decided that to order him to end his boycott was a restriction on his right of free speech. The court’s actual reasoning (othough extremely interesting and groundbreaking) would make little sense to a layperson, so I don’t attempt to discuss it. But I did want to point out that this film led to one of the most important European legal cases in the 20th Century. For that reason alone, it is very interesting.

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