“Forbidden Films” Nazi Propaganda Doc Available Now from Kino Lorber and Zeitgeist Films

Kino Lorber and Zeitgeist Films have recently released Forbidden Films: The Hidden Legacy of Nazi Film (DVD: $29.95), Felix Moeller’s German-language documentary re-examining the propaganda films created by the German film industry under the Third Reich. Of the 1,200 feature films made during this period, some 100 were blatant Nazi propaganda, and nearly 70 years after the end of the Nazi regime, more than 40 of these films remain under lock and key. Exploring the insidious role that film played as propaganda within Nazi Germany, the program uses clips from such notorious films as Jew Süss (1940), The Eternal Jew (1940), and Kolberg (1945), among others, to examine ideological messages and raise questions about how to deal with their dark legacy today. Utilizing clips and recorded discussions from public screenings in Munich, Berlin, Paris, and Jerusalem, Moeller interviews German film historians, archivists, and filmgoers in an investigation of the power, and potential danger, of cinema when used for ideological purposes.