Jew Süss (1934 film)

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Jew Süss
Jew Süss 1934 UK poster.jpg
1934 UK cinema poster
Directed by Lothar Mendes
Produced by Michael Balcon
Screenplay by Dorothy Farnum
A. R. Rawlinson
Based on Jud Süß (novel)
by Lion Feuchtwanger
Starring Conrad Veidt
Music by Jack Beaver
Bretton Byrd
Charles Williams
Distributed by Gaumont British
Release date
  • 4 October 1934 (1934-10-04) (UK & US[1])
  • 1 November 1934 (1934-11-01) (US wide)
Running time
105 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget £120,000[2]

Jew Süss (in the US retitled Power – Jew Suss[3]) is a 1934 British historical romantic drama film based on Lion Feuchtwanger's 1925 novel Jud Süß, about Joseph Süß Oppenheimer. Directed by Lothar Mendes, the film stars German actor Conrad Veidt in the role of Oppenheimer. The screenplay was written by Dorothy Farnum and Arthur Rawlinson.[4]

Unlike the Nazis' antisemitic film Jud Süß (1940), the British film is sympathetic to Jews, and generally considered to be a faithful adaptation of Feuchtwanger's novel.[5] It was intended to be a condemnation of antisemitism, not a justification of it. The German version is considered by some to be an antisemitic response to Mendes' philo-semitic film.[6]


The film premiered simultaneously at the Tivoli Cinema on the Strand in London and Radio City Music Hall in New York on 4 October 1934, with Prince George and Queen Maria of Romania being the guests of honour at the UK premiere. A blurry telephoto picture of Prince George attending the London premiere was shown for the audience in New York, which - due to the time zone difference – saw the film some five hours later. According to The Times correspondent, "the reproduction was indistinct, but the picture was notable as the first attempt to use a radio photograph on the screen".[7]

When the film went on general release in the US on 1 November 1934, it had been retitled Power – Jew Suss.[3]


  1. ^ Article in The Times, 6 October 1934, page 10: "Jew Süss" Reception in New York – found in The Times Digital Archive 2013-11-03
  2. ^ D., C. "An Important Experiment", The Sunday Times [London, England] 7 Oct. 1934: 7. The Sunday Times Digital Archive. Web. 18 Apr. 2014.
  3. ^ a b Wikipedia Commons: Cinema posters on wall in New York 1935 Linked 2013-11-03
  4. ^ Ian Wallace (1 January 2009). Feuchtwanger and film. Peter Lang. p. 153. ISBN 978-3-03911-954-7. Retrieved 2 December 2011. 
  5. ^ Sadoul, Georges; Morris, Peter (1 September 1972). Dictionary of films. University of California Press. p. 170. ISBN 978-0-520-02152-5. Retrieved 2 December 2011. 
  6. ^ "Controversial Nazi film released in Germany". BBC. 23 September 2010. Retrieved 7 December 2012. 
  7. ^ Articles in The Times on 5 and 6 October, pp. 12 and 10 respectively – found in The Times Digital Archive 2013-11-03

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