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Forbidden Films

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Felix Moeller

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1,200 feature films were made in Germany’s Third Reich. According to experts, some 100 of these are blatant propaganda. More than 40 remain—nearly seventy years after the end of the Nazi regime—under lock and key. This is their story. Director Felix Moeller (Harlan: In the Shadow of Jew Süss) interviews film historians, archivists and filmgoers in an investigation of the power, and potential danger, of cinema when used for ideological purposes.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 5
  • Fresh: 5
  • Rotten: 0
  • Average Rating: 7.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: This is a documentary fascinated with and fearful of cinema's potency, but it's also devoted to the idea of open discourse, a stance that underlines the urgency of thinking about film critically. – Nicolas Rapold, New York Times, May 14, 2015

Fresh: Forbidden Films offers fascinating clips from such notorious efforts as The Eternal Jew, Jew Suss and The Rothschilds. All were made to incite anti-Semitic passions and justify Nazi atrocities. – Mark Jenkins, NPR, May 14, 2015

Fresh: Moeller gives opponents of censorship the last word; meanwhile, his selection of clips of the censored films offers surprising glimpses of the cinematic unconscious at work. – Richard Brody, New Yorker, May 14, 2015

Fresh: Of more than 1,200 films produced under the Nazi regime, to this day Germany bans about 40 it has deemed dangerous propaganda. Why that is so, and whether it does any good, is the ostensible subject of Felix Moeller's documentary. – Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post, May 14, 2015

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  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2015

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