Jud Suss (Jew Suess): The Deluxe Restored Version
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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!
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
the plot of the movie is describable with
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'!
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Interesting movie showing that it is easy to treat People. Why it is so easy ?Published 12 months ago by fg
This is a fascinating movie, well acted and with high production values. It is also a slap in the face of those Germans of Jewish descent (two personal heroes, Fritz Haber and... Read morePublished 14 months ago by ERIC RACHUT M.D.
A hateful example of Nazi anti-semitic propaganda cinema, but very useful in understanding that horrible phenomenon. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Thomas Ochiltree II
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
This movie may be a lot of things but it did not TEACH Germans to hate Jews. It echoes the dishonesty of antisemitism. Read morePublished on October 6, 2013 by vvv