Trial by Documentary: The Harlans, from Jud Süss (1940) to Notre Nazi (1984)

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 2:00 PM, Hagstrum Room (University Hall 201)

Prager photoIn availing themselves of unconventional strategies and appealing to non-legal discourses, documentary films have exceptional latitude in critiquing the legal and judicial spheres. Professor Brad Prager (University of Missouri) will examine the 1984 documentary Notre Nazi, which was produced by Thomas Harlan, the son of the notorious Nazi filmmaker Veit Harlan, who was best known for directing the propaganda film Jud Süss (1940). In Thomas Harlan’s film Alfred Filbert, a former SS perpetrator, stands in for the elder Harlan, and the proceedings that take place in the film’s makeshift courtroom work through the German past by foregrounding all manner of affects, including filial ambivalence, shame, and rage.

The talk will take place in the Hagstrum Room (University Hall 201) at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, April 19th. For more information, please contact hef@northwestern.edu.