"Felix Moeller’s documentary “Forbidden Films” questions whether or not 40-odd Nazi propaganda films still banned by German authorities should be released. Pros and cons are tossed around by historians, filmmakers and audience members at restricted showings in Germany, France and Israel, and in shadowy rooms by neo-Nazi recruiters. But contemporary issues pale before the fascination exerted by the generously sampled films themselves, executed throughout with masterful classical film vocabulary: As shocking as the pics’ virulently anti-Semitic, anti-British or anti-Polish sentiments is the expertise with which they are embedded in traditional entertainment genres. "
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"Fascinating viewing for both film and history buffs. Felix Moeller's documentary explores the issue of whether films produced by the Third Reich should receive public exposure."
"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."
"What fascinates are the Nazi films themselves, such as the notorious (and distressingly well-made) “Jew Süss”; a ludicrous musical about singing bomber pilots called “Stukas”; and “Kolberg,” a Technicolor epic about the Napoleonic Wars (banned for being “anti-French”). Perhaps the most disturbing is “Homecoming,” beautifully shot and lit, passionately acted by the renowned Austrian star Paula Wessely — and made to spread lies about Poland. If some of these films were less skillful, suggests Moeller, they might not be banned."