Forbidden Films

Explosive films are kept in an archive behind a specially built protective wall. Explosive both literally – celluloid can explode above a certain temperature – and figuratively, insofar as German law restricts their distribution. Of the approximately 1,000 films produced in the Third Reich – which is what we are talking about here – some 40 titles of the most extreme forms of propaganda still cannot be shown without a scholar introduction and discussion after the screening. But in an era when nearly everything can be found online or DVDs can be imported from abroad, do such restrictions still make sense? There is no simple answer to this question, even for leading experts in Felix Moeller’s film. All the more as the propagandistic intentions behind National Socialist films are not always obvious to contemporary viewers. While nearly everyone has at least heard something about the infamous anti-Semitic images, what in Forbidden Films may be new to our viewers are  striking scenes from anti-Polish and anti-British films, as well as films that glorify war or, finally, fragments from the drama Ich klage an! (I Accuse) that was meant to attune the public to accept the Nazis’ euthanasia program.
Forbidden Films / Zakazane filmy / Vorbetene Filme  
94 ' , 2014 Germany director: Felix Moeller / cinematography: Isabelle Casez, Ludolph Weyer, Aline Laszlo / editing: Annette Muff / production: Blueprint Film

Screenings

CSW Kino Lab 2014-12-06 19:30
Q&A with filmmaker, Felix Moeller
CSW Kino Lab 2014-12-07 17:00
Q&A with filmmaker, Felix Moeller
Felix Moeller
2008 Harlan - Im Schatten von Jud Süss
2006 Katja Riemann
2005 Knef - Die frühen Jahre
2003 Die Verhoevens

2014 Telluride FF

2014 Jerusalem FF