Jud Süss (Jew Suess)
The Deluxe Restored Version DVD
Joseph Goebbels' Malevolent Masterpiece. Directed by Veit Harlan.
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 A key historical document of the twentieth century, Jud Süss remains a deeply unsettling cinematic experience.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
• Illustrated 22 page Essay Booklet by
Louisiana State University’s David Culbert**
• Original Promotional Materials and Posters
• 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 or
Click here to order Jud Süss Essay booklet separately
NOTE: This film, designed to incite its contemporary viewers against an ethnic minority, is extremely prejudicial in nature. International Historic Films wishes neither to condone nor to promote such prejudices when offering "Jud Suss" to its customers. It is being made available solely to provide further insight into a uniquely tragic epoch of civilization's recent past.
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NTSC Region 0 encoding (Entire World)
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See also Veit Harlan's Testament 1945 "Where I Stood on National Socialism" Book