Tag Archives: Thomas Harlan

Christoph Hübner – Thomas Harlan – Wandersplitter aka Moving Shrapnel [Extra] (2007)

This is the content of the second disc of Wandersplitter aka Moving Shrapnel, in which
Thomas Harlan revists his film and literary work.It is much more than an extra and more something like a second chapter to the first movie(here: link) which focuses more on Harlan’s life.

The two movies that are discussed are Torre Bela, which Harlan filmed during revolutionary uprisings in Portugal in the 70s and his (in)famous Wundkanal, an experiment which in an uncomfortable way explores the limits of art. Robert Kramer
made a movie about Wundkanal calld Notre Nazi. Read More »

Christoph Hübner – Thomas Harlan – Wandersplitter aka Thomas Harlan – Moving Shrapnel (2007)

Thomas Harlan, filmmaker, author and revolutionary was born in 1929 in Germany. His father was the infamous propaganda filmmaker Veit Harlan, director of Jew Suess. During his childhood, as a result of his father’s closeness to the Nazi Party, the little Thomas came face to face with Hitler and Goebbels. Now an old frail man, Harlan lives in a respiratory clinic in Berchtesgaden. It is in this clinic in South Germany that he, along with documentary filmmaker Christoph Hübner, examines fragments of his past. Read More »

Robert Kramer – Notre nazi AKA Our Nazi (1984)

In 1984, the West German film director Thomas Harlan (maker of Torre Bela [1976] and author of the novel Rosa [2000]), directed Wundkanal: Execution for Four Voices, a joint French-German production about Dr S, a soldier impeached after the war for taking part in the massacre of Jews in Lithuania, and his slide towards suicide. To express his resistance to the forgetting of Nazism as war criminals aged, Harlan cast Alfred Filbert – an actual member of the SS during the War who spoke only German – as Dr S for this experimental fiction film shot in a French studio. (7) Filbert was not aware of what was to happen on set, in front of the camera, mor that the script was merely a pretext or ruse for a psychodramatic ‘happening’: Harlan, in fact, intended to interrogate and expose, ‘live’, his complicity with Nazi atrocities. Read More »