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    Forbidden Films

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    Director: Felix Moeller

    Country: Germany

    Year: 2014

    Length: 94'

    Language: In German with English subtitles

    Introduction by Mart Sander.

    Over 1,000 feature and documentary films were made under National Socialism, many with propagandistic content. Over 40 outright propaganda films are still banned today. The documentary pursues the question of whether or not this ban still makes sense.

    Old films can be dangerous. Celluloid, upon which they are printed and which was still in use well into the 1950s, is highly inflammable. Film cans can literally explode, if they become too hot, and must therefore be archived with particular care.

    At the beginning of “Verbotene Filme” (i.e., “Forbidden Films”), the director Felix Moeller affords us a look into the archive where Nazi films are stored, which is surrounded by a special protective wall, just in case such an explosion actually occurs. These films, however, are considered “explosive” not only because of their chemical material. Still far more dangerous seems to be their propagandistic content, for more than 40 films from the time of the Nazis may still not be shown, unless accompanied by a scholarly introduction and subsequent discussion.