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Jud Süß (1940)

| Drama | 1941 (Italy)
Infamous anti-Semitic Nazi propaganda historical drama about Duke Karl Alexander of Württemberg and his treasurer Süß Oppenheimer.

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Veit Harlan

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Veit Harlan (screenplay), Wolfgang Eberhard Möller (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ferdinand Marian ... Joseph Süß Oppenheimer
Kristina Söderbaum ... Dorothea Sturm / Faber
Heinrich George ... Karl Alexander, Herzog von Württemberg
Werner Krauss ... Rabbi Loew / Levy - Oppenheimers Sekretär / Schächter Isaak / seniler Alte (as Werner Krauß)
Eugen Klöpfer ... Landschaftskonsulent Sturm
Albert Florath Albert Florath ... Obrist Röder
Malte Jaeger Malte Jaeger ... Aktuarius Faber
Theodor Loos ... Franz Joseph Freiherr von Remchingen
Hilde von Stolz ... Herzogin von Württemberg
Else Elster ... Luziana
Walter Werner Walter Werner ... Herr Fiebelkorn
Jakob Tiedtke ... Konsistorialrat
Otto F. Henning Otto F. Henning ... Vorsitzender des Gerichts (as Otto Henning)
Emil Heß Emil Heß ... Schmied Hans Bogner
Charlotte Schultz Charlotte Schultz ... Frau Fiebelkorn
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In this notorious Nazi propaganda historical costume melodrama, a conniving, ambitious Jewish businessman, Süß Oppenheimer, snares a post as treasurer to the Duke of Wurttemburg by showering the corrupt duke with treasure and promises of even greater riches. As the Jew's schemes grow more elaborate and his actions more brazen, the dukedom nearly erupts into civil war. Persuaded by the Jew, the Duke all but scuttles the constitution and alienates the assembly by lifting the local ban on Jews in Stuttgart. In a final outrage, the Jew rapes a wholesome German girl and tortures her father and fiancée. When the Duke succumbs to a sudden heart attack, the assembly of Elders try the Jew and sentence him to death for having "carnal knowledge of a Christian woman". Written by Kevin Rayburn <kprayb01@gwise.louisville.edu>

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Joseph Goebbels' malevolent masterpiece.

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

1941 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Jew Süss See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

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Production Co:

Terra-Filmkunst See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Tobis-Klangfilm)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film was seen by 20 million Germans during its original theatrical run. An additional 20 million people in other European countries are estimated to have seen it. It was also shown to all SS inductees at the request of Heinrich Himmler, a policy that was implemented two weeks after the film's premiere. See more »

Goofs

In the movie Oppenheimer commands to violent measures against revolutions and even commands to beat Faber. Not only was the real Oppenheimr an opponent against the torture punishment, he would also not have the right to torture the son of a noble family. See more »

Quotes

Joseph Süß Oppenheimer: I thought Württemberg was rich?
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Referenced in Docs interdits: Seuls contre Hitler (2013) See more »

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Not a bad choice for a rainy afternoon!
11 September 2004 | by tophocaSee all my reviews

OK folks, "The Jolson Story" it certainly ain't but as propaganda films go, this one is not that bad. 60 years down the road, there can be no justification for putting this film on the banned list anymore. The film had a message to give to the German people of 1940 and was successful in that respect, but surely we have all moved on now. The final scene in "Jud Suss" should have todays audiences in fits of laughter. I am surprised that Mel Brooks hasn't done a remake of Jud Suss. Find a copy if you can and that isn't too difficult despite attempts to prevent the film being issued,and sit down with a nice box of chocolates a stiff gin and tonic and enjoy. Jud Suss certainly beats walking in the rain after all!


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