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Jew Suss: Rise and Fall

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Original title
Jud Süss - Film ohne Gewissen (Jew Suss: Rise and Fall)
Running time
100 min.
Germany Germany
Klaus Richter, Michael Esser (Book: Friedrich Knilli)
Martin Todsharow
Carl-Friedrich Koschnick
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Novotny, Novotny Filmproduktion GmbH / Clasart Film- und Fernsehproduktion / Tele München Fernseh Produktionsgesellschaft (TMG) / Tara Film / Lotus Film / Ulrich Seidl Film Produktion GmbH
Drama | 1930s. Nazism
Synopsis / Plot
Rise and Fall of actor Ferdinand Marian who takes the chance and stars in the anti-semitic movie "Jud Süß". Ferdinand Marian was the actor who in 1940 gave a brilliant performance in the lead in Veit Harlan’s Nazi propaganda film JUD SÜSS – but the role was to break him. The situation already begins to come to a head for Marian during the filming when his wife distances herself from him because she can’t bear to see how her husband has changed. The national and international success of JUD SÜSS – which delights audiences at its premiere at the Venice international film festival founded by Mussolini – is but a brief, albeit ecstatic, intermezzo. In time the Nazis’ new superstar begins to see through the effect that the film has on society; he also recognises the criminal nature of the regime. Not only are many of his friends forced to emigrate; the Marians also hide Jewish actor Adolf Wilhelm Deutscher in their summerhouse – until a maid denounces Deutscher to her SS lover. In a desperate attempt to distract himself, Marian succumbs to alcoholic binges and affairs but his actions only succeed in earning him the disapproval of, among others, the propaganda minister himself. In a bid to control him, Goebbles has Marian’s wife Anna deported. But this only accelerates the actor’s demise, and even his Czech lover Vlasta can no longer give him the support he needs.
2010: Berlin Film Festival: Official Selection
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