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Jud Suss (Jew Suess): The Deluxe Restored Version

Ferdinand Marian , Werner Krauss , Veit Harlan  |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Ferdinand Marian, Werner Krauss, Heinrich George, Kristina Soderbaum
  • Directors: Veit Harlan
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: International Historic Films, Inc.
  • DVD Release Date: April 17, 2008
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0017ZGYR0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,244 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Long recognized as history's most incendiary film, Jud Süss was the cultural centerpiece in Joseph Goebbels campaign against the Jews. Released in 1940, it was a box office sensation across Germany and Europe; alongside the movie's theatrical distribution, it became a staple of Nazi propaganda evenings organized by the Hitler Youth, SS and others. At once a rousing melodrama and murderous antisemitic incitement, the movie draws loosely from historical events from the early eighteenth century, when Jud Süss Oppenheimer, financial advisor to the Duke of Württemberg, was subjected to a sensational trial and gruesome execution. The film depicts Süss as a figure of cynical cunning and malign will, a sexual predator sowing corruption everywhere; his promotion of Jewish emancipation brings Christian Württemberg to the brink of moral and social ruination. That these qualities are conveyed through Ferdinand Marian's stunningly charismatic performance as Süss suggests something of the film's disturbing power even as it acknowledges Jewish misery, Jud Süss argues for still more lethal, pitiless solutions to the Jewish question. A key historical document of the twentieth century, Jud Süss remains a deeply unsettling cinematic experience. Directed by Veit Harlan; music by Wolfgang Zeller; featuring Ferdinand Marian, Werner Krauss, Heinrich George, and Kristina Söderbaum. Germany, 1940, B&W, 95 minutes, German dialogue, Switchable English, French & Italian subtitles.

SPECIAL DVD FEATURES
Historical Slide Show: The Life & Trials of Joseph Süss Oppenheimer by John Abbott
Video Commentary by Harvard's Eric Rentschler
Illustrated 22 page Essay Booklet by Louisiana State University's David Culbert**
Original Promotional Materials and Posters Slide Show
Interactive Scene Selection
Switchable English, French & Italian Subtitles
Digitally Restored from Original 35mm Film Elements using state of the art daVinci RevivalTM Technology by I-Cubed Chicago

**Jud Suess (Jew Suess, Germany, 1940) is the most successful anti-Semitic feature film ever made, a product of opportunism, brilliant acting, and the hateful agenda of Joseph Goebbels, Nazi propaganda minister. It remains notorious to this day. Softbound, 22 pages, 29 B&W and Color Photos, 4 1/2 x 7 inches size. Booklet included with this DVD.

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61 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Evil Art January 1, 2010
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My husband requested this DVD: here's his response: I've read alot about this film and seen clips from it in documentaries. This edition is very good - restored version and informative supplements. Watching this film provokes divided reactions. You can admire it for its expensive production values, acting, photography, and editing. Director Veit Harlan's use of crowd scenes are also impressive here as in his other films. It's comparable to the handsome Hollywood historical biopics of the time such as Warner Brother's 'The Life of Emile Zola' and others with Paul Muni. The big difference is you will detest 'Jud Suss' for its obvious message (unlike the 'Zola' film) which was to inflame anti-semitism and quash sympathy for Jews at a time when Germany was preparing to destroy them. The film's production history and aftermath is worth exploring. After the war Ferdinand Marian who played the title character supposedly committed suicide due to guilt over his role and Werner Krauss who portrayed several stereotypical Jews was blacklisted. Harlan was acquitted twice for war crimes and went on to make more films. History is still divided about Harlan's role in creating the film. Was he forced to make it or was he a willing co-conspirator who made it too good? There's a new documentary about Harlan that might provide answers. We need to see 'Veit Harlan: In the Shadow of Jud Suss.' I'll wait for that DVD.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very well made if hateful propaganda film July 23, 2011
One of the most notorious anti Semitic movies ever made, filmed in Germany in 1940, under the close supervision of Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels. This was based on a real case and a further
novel by Jewish author Lion Feuchtwanger - obviously, the Nazis completely distorted the source material so that this film is completely anti-Semitic. The movie was a huge success at its time - millions of Germans watched it and SS boss Heinrich Himmler made viewing the movie mandatory for every member of his organization. Today the film is banned in Germany.

In 18th century Germany, the foolish duke of Wurttenberg decides to make the Jewish businessman Joseph Suss Oppenheimmer his financial adviser. Soon disaster will come to the dukedom, in the form of a higher cost of living (under advice from Suss, the duke sharply rises all sort of taxes). Suss also advices the duke to let the Jews enter Wurttenberg (from where they were banned from residing). Eventually, the members of Wurttenberg council, decides to rise against the duke and his adviser.

Ironically, in some ways the message of the movie looks different today than originally intended. To a modern audience, the Germans in the movie are so naïve, ignorant and narrow minded that they seem off
putting, while Suss appears to be, until he turns into a rapist and torturer toward the end, not such a bad guy, just a sharp, quick if a bit ethically loose businessman. Putting tolls in the roads of Wurttenberg doesn't look to be such a bad thing, while the politicians of the council opposing Suss seem uptight, arrogant and pompous.
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19 of 26 people found the following review helpful
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ex ante:
i would be a phony, if i'd say, i can identify
with words like 'patriotism', 'honor', 'allegiance',
'proud', 'loyalness' or anything
else like this!
i am absolutely not anti-semitic,
i don't believe anybody is better
than another people, just 'cause
of religion, skincolor or policy affinity!

dear americans!

in germany is this movie in point of fact still prohibited!
it was captured on film in 1940 and 'til now, more than 70 years later, it is
still banned by the german censor!

that is desolate!
it should not be censored - it should be compulsory subject in
all senjor classes, in every obligatory secondary school!
if a student realizes the audio-visual policy of the nazis,
he/she will also know much more, how to expose
with the propaganda today!
no matter, who wants to purchase influence!

since i saw this film the first time, i am
much more "sharp-eyed"!
don't be afraid of the movie, have no fears of contacts -
but see it with the respect and the knowledge what it
has helped to do with 6 million
innocent people!

the plot of the movie is describable with
less words:

a greedy, devious, lustfully jew influences a simple-minded
duke to fleece the german people...but at the end the
just punishment claims him!

this movie is so dangerous, because the brainwash
is often so subtile, so subliminal, that you have
to face every single scene like a 'criminal investigator'!

for example:
dorothea, the girl oppenheimer want's to have, asks him
where in the world he lived in his life before, and
where he deeply felt at home.
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33 of 48 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoying This Movie Made Me Feel Like A Scumbag June 20, 2010
This movie is proof that art can be evil as hell.

"Jud Suss" is a Nazi propaganda film commissioned by Nazi Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels. It was released in September, 1940 to drum up public support for the extermination of the Jews, particularly in Poland, soon after the war began.

This movie is wonderfully acted, the cinematography is impressive, and the costume design is breathtaking. It is also a piece of propagandistic garbage reflecting the values of the fevered, anti-Semitic cultural swamp that was Nazi Germany. The villain in "Jud Suss" is a lecherous, greedy Jew (Suss) played by Ferdinand Marian. Suss befriends the Duke Of Wurttemberg, persuading the duke to grant him the right to collect road tolls, taxes, and various other subsidies. Suss then proceeds to plunder the state of Wurttemberg while raping innocent, doe-eyed Christian maidens and defrauding the good people of the city.

"Jud Suss" is a movie built on stereotypes and hatred of others. Be careful, though. You might find yourself enjoying this piece of trash.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Film might have a secret ironic message.
Ironically the lesson of this film is:

Beware of silver tonged political leaders that promise wealth and superiority by use of immoral means. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Kay Emm Gee
5.0 out of 5 stars very good
digital remasters is ver good quality - Thank you say a German :-) and i hope your ar more remasters old german films
Published 7 months ago by Mann aus Sachsen :-)
2.0 out of 5 stars Tipper Gore aside, are they really blaming films for making them kill...
This movie may be a lot of things but it did not TEACH Germans to hate Jews. It echoes the dishonesty of antisemitism. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Dwight
5.0 out of 5 stars I must explain my 5-star rating for this movie
I have studied WWII and the Holocaust for 40 years and have wanted to see this propaganda for quite some time. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Baragas
1.0 out of 5 stars make me feel sick confused and angry
i am very interested about the holocaust and how germany under hitler could do such awful things to our brothers the jews. Read more
Published 15 months ago by thomas shea
4.0 out of 5 stars Propaganda movie
I wanted to see this top example of Propaganda, which it was - but also i was surprised at the good acting and interesting story line. well worth viewing for propaganda students.
Published 17 months ago by bruce
5.0 out of 5 stars Jud Suss Review
I was delighted to find this historic movie. Having heard about it for years as I've studied WW II and Nazi Germany history, it was a valuable experience. Read more
Published 20 months ago by W. M. Haskins
5.0 out of 5 stars A Cracker!
I rather enjoyed this jolly little film, the ending had me in fits of laughter, talk about high camp! Read more
Published on November 28, 2011 by Mr. P. R. L. Robinson
1.0 out of 5 stars This film tries to validate the murder of Jews
"Jud Suss" was the most horrible of all of the nazi propaganda films, and that in itself is truly despicable. Read more
Published on August 6, 2011 by voiceofreason
4.0 out of 5 stars Jud Suss
For some inexplicable reason, Amazon has removed the rate-movie feature from the main product page. One must now write a review in order to rate a movie and generate... Read more
Published on May 22, 2011 by Charles D. Fulton
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