Venus on Trial (Venus vor Gericht)  Directed by Hans H. Zerlett 1941 DVD

Venus on Trial (Venus vor Gericht) Directed by Hans H. Zerlett 1941 DVD

Venus on Trial (Venus vor Gericht) Directed by Hans H. Zerlett 1941 DVD
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Venus on Trial (Venus vor Gericht) DVD "The Nazis' Only Cinematic Attack on Degenerate Art"

A statue unearthed in a field causes a sensation when experts proclaim it authentically ancient.  However, it was created by Peter Brake, a young sculptor who buried it in order to expose the eminent “experts” who authenticate it. When Brake announces that he is the statue’s creator, a trial ensues, and it is discovered that Brake is a member of the NSDAP.  Jud Süss and Der ewige Jude are anti-Semitic films that came out in 1940. Venus on Trial (Venus vor Gericht, 1941) is a comedy and much milder than those. Director Hans Zerlett had made an earlier anti-Semitic film, Robert and Bertram (1939), likewise a comedy. Venus was part of the Nazi degenerate-art campaign launched in 1937. Peter Brake’s targets are the Jewish-dominated art dealers who swindle Germany by selling worthless art for prodigious sums. Were it not for the anti-Semitic content, the picture’s reputation might be enviable for it is quite hilarious to watch the “experts” getting their comeuppance! Venus on Trial enjoyed a long run, made a lot of money, and made a lot of people laugh. It hasn’t been seen since.

Directed by Hans H. Zerlett.  Starring Hannes Stelzer, Hansi Knoteck, Siegfried Breuer.

Germany, 1941, B&W, 87 Minutes. German dialogue, English subtitles.   Digitally remastered in 2K from 35mm print for superb quality.

• Original Promotional Materials Slide Shows: Illustrierter Film-Kurier & Das Programm von Heute with English Translations; Posters, Press Photos, Lobby Cards, etc.
• Historical Background Video Essay: “Han’s H. Zerlett’s VENUS ON TRIAL”, by William Gillespie

Libraries and Institutions Please Note: Educational Editions with PUBLIC PERFORMANCE RIGHTS and DIGITAL SITE LICENSES are available

[DVD] NTSC Region 0 encoding (Entire World)

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