22 Juli 2005

Thomas Henne, Arne Riedlinger (Hrsg.): Das Lüth-Urteil aus (rechts-)historischer Sicht. Berlin 2005. Berliner Wissenschafts-Verlag. 592 Seiten. 49,- EUR [Lüth versus Harlan]

Guardian Unlimited (Freitag, den 22. Juli 2005 - 01:06 Uhr)
Stuart Jeffries meets composer Detlev Glanert Stuart Jeffries meets a composer obsessed with humankind's evil tendencies.[Glanerts Jud Süß-Oper wurde 1999 in Bremen uraufgeführt]

Guardian Unlimited (Freitag, den 22. Juli 2005 - 01:12 Uhr)
The devil inside Hot stuff ... a scene from Jest, Satire, Irony and Deeper Meaning by Detlev Glanert. Next Tuesday, a meticulous German will carry out a live public autopsy in London

From England: Check out these early UK classics (1933-1949)
John Farr
DVD Detective
July 21, 2005
Calling all Anglophiles! You fans of Monty Python, those clever comedy and mystery programs on PBS, Peter Sellers, and Laurence Olivier in "Henry V" and "Hamlet."There is cause for rejoicing. With the dramatic growth in DVD titles, you can now see more vintage classics from the UK than ever before.One man was instrumental in building the breadth and quality of Britain's pre-war movie output: producer/director Alexander Korda, who'd emigrated from his native Hungary with brothers Zoltan (also a director) and Vincent (an art director).Most notably, Korda would tap into England's rich history to film "The Private Life of Henry VIII" (1933), starring a portly actor named Charles Laughton. That monarch's unusual life, specifically, his challenging church doctrine by marrying not once but six times, has been covered in many films, but this early depiction has its own magic, primarily owing to Laughton's dynamic, Oscar-winning portrayal. At the head of all great film performances go the roles that actors were born to play, and this is one sterling example. Laughton is ably supported by Robert Donat (who'd win his own Oscar six years later for "Goodbye, Mr. Chips") and a stunning Merle Oberon (who'd later become Mrs. Alexander Korda).My second Korda pick is a rousing adventure called "The Four Feathers" (1939), shot in glorious color, and directed by brother Zoltan. A British officer (John Clements) decides to resign his commission just as his regiment is summoned to the Battle of Khartoum in the Sudan, and quickly regretting his decision, places himself at the center of the action as a heavily disguised spy, aiding his comrades and redeeming his honor. Clements is solid in the lead, but acting laurels go to Ralph Richardson as Clements' friend and romantic rival, along with the incomparable C. Aubrey Smith as a crusty war horse. The scenes where Smith recounts his old glories in battle are peerless.For ideal family fare, again in color, it's hard to beat Korda's "The Thief of Baghdad" (1940). Based on a tale from "The Arabian Nights," a young boy named Abu (Sabu) must defeat evil wizard Jaffar (Conrad Veidt) and help restore a deposed prince (John Justin) to his rightful throne. Help comes in the form of an enormous genie (Rex Ingram). 1992's "Aladdin" owes much to this film, and the Disney folks chose some divine inspiration. "Thief" is artfully paced and gorgeously shot, delivering a bounty of old-fashioned romance and derring-do. German actor Veidt's Jaffar ranks as one of the purest villainous turns ever captured on celluloid. Rub that lamp, and let the fun begin.Moving from Korda territory, another subtle, overlooked English treat is "On Approval" (1943), starring Clive Brook, and featuring a rare screen appearance by stage comedienne Beatrice Lillie. Set in the Gay (18)90s, the impoverished Duke of Bristol (Brook) and friend Richard Halton (Roland Culver), seek mates with sizable dowries. Halton proposes to Maria (Lillie), who then asks him to her country estate, promising to give her reply "on approval," Brit-speak for "depending on how the visit goes." Joining them are the Duke and Helen Hale (Googie Withers), a well-off lady who attracts the Duke's attentions. An intricate game of romantic musical chairs follows. "On Approval" is top high-brow English comedy in the vein of Oscar Wilde and Noel Coward. Though the British upper-class reserve is ever-present, it's part of the comedy, with the proper English language employed like a rapier. Irresistible fun.One outstanding nail-biter form the period concerns the long-standing conflict between the Northern Irish and their British occupiers. Carol Reed (who'd go on to direct 1949's superb "The Third Man" with Orson Welles) helped cement James Mason's stardom two years earlier in "Odd Man Out." Johnny McQueen (Mason), an Irish rebel leader, executes a daring robbery to fund operations against the British. When the job goes awry, Johnny is wounded and becomes a fugitive. "Out" is gritty and gripping, with Mason electric as the desperate protagonist. The under-rated Robert Newton (star of Disney's 1950 "Treasure Island") is also memorable as Lukey, an unhinged painter who harbors Johnny for a time. Fans of suspense and film noir should pounce on this.No review of early British film comedy can exclude the output of Ealing Studios, best remembered for a string of sublime Alec Guinness comedies in the late '40s/early '50s. Not one but two Ealing DVD compilations are now available: one with Guinness, one without. Both sets are recommended, but for reasons of space, I'll just cover my favorite title in each set.My pick for early Guinness is Robert Hamer's "Kind Hearts and Coronets" (1949), which has Guinness one-upping Peter Sellers' virtuoso performance in "Dr. Strangelove" by assuming eight roles rather than three. Louis Mazzini (Dennis Price), a penniless noble whose late mother had the temerity to marry an Italian, systematically kills off eight relatives in line ahead of him for the family dukedom. The film's brilliance hinges on the distinctly quirky character of each doomed family member, the unconventional methods for getting them out of the way, and a sly surprise denouement. Bolstered by deft direction and a superlative script, Sir Alec is absolutely astonishing -- eight times over.For the non-Guinness set, I choose an uproarious comedy set in Scotland: "Whisky Galore," made the same year as "Hearts." Starring Basil Radford (one of the doubting-Thomas, cricket-loving characters in Hitchcock's "The Lady Vanishes"), the film relates what a true Scot will do for that potent brown liquid reverently called "the water of life." (The quick answer is, most anything.) With whisky reserves all but dried up in a remote Scottish island during wartime, a supply ship bound for America founders off their coastline, carrying that most precious of cargoes. How the villagers conspire to lay their hands on it, then sock it away, will leave you grinning ear to ear. As warm and as fine as 12-year-old Scotch.*John Farr is senior vice president of the Avon Theatre. [Conrad Veidt, Jew Suess, 1934]

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20 Juli 2005

18. Oktober 1940,
Capitol Dresden:
"Jud Süß"-Premiere
mit Ferdinand Marian

Ferdinand Marian in Dresden, in: Film-Kurier, Nr. 245, 18. 10. 1940, S. 3.

M.K.: Bekenntnis und künstlerische Qualität, Veit Harlans "Jud Süß" im Capitol, in: Dresdner Nachrichten, Nr. 289, 18. 10. 1940, Seite 6.

Dr. Roland Schmidt: Judenfilm - ohne Filmjuden, in: Dresdner Anzeiger 18.10.1940.

Dr. Werner Dopp: Der große Film vom Juden Süß, in: Dresdner Neueste Nachrichten, Nr. 245, 18. Oktober 1940, S. 5.

D.: Mit Ferdinand Marian..., in: Dresdner Neueste Nachrichten, Nr. 245, 18. Oktober 1940, S. 5.

Jud Süß, Ein Veit Harlan Film der Terra, Den 7. und 8. 100000er melden nach Berlin, Hamburg, Stuttgart, Düsseldorf, Köln und Hannover UFA-CAPITOL Leipzig und UFA-CAPITOL Dresden [Werbung], in: Film-Kurier 16. 11. 1940

Dresdner Presse-Foto-Koch,
Dresden-A.1Gr.Plauensche Str. 14, Tel. 27544:

1)Marian mit dunklem Mantel und Homburg, in der Mitte von zwei Begleitern, bis zu den Schuhen

2)Marian umgeben von zwei Begleitern, bis zum Bauch

3)Marian rechts von zwei Begleitern, bis zum Bauch

4)Marian in der Mitte von zwei Begleitern, bis zum Knie

[Sammlung: Schachtel 15, Marian (Fotos). - Hängeordner [1940], Jud Süß 3, Register 5: Dresden]

19 Juli 2005

Noch einmal
"Jud Süß" in Dresden
Eingang Videokassette

Lehrvorführung "Jud Süß"
artour 26.5. 2005

Interviews mit:
Schülern der 56.Mittelschule, Dresden
Gabriele Semmler, Ethiklehrerin
Thomas Krüger, Präsident der Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung
Nora Goldbogen, Vorsitzende der Jüdischen Gemeinde Dresden

Autor der Sendung: Rayk Wieland

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