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Power

1934 1h 45m History Drama List
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Ambitious Joseph Süss Oppenheimer (Conrad Veidt) rises out of the Jewish ghetto in the 1730s Duchy of Wurttemburg through shrewd business deals and by becoming indispensable to the lecherous, cruel Duke Karl Alexander (Frank Vosper). However, when Joseph defends a Jewish man against the duke, his betrayal sends him to prison, where he is to be executed unless he renounces his Jewish heritage. Shocked to learn that his father was not a Jew, Joseph nonetheless refuses to betray his heritage. Read More Read Less

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Paul Rotha Cinema Quarterly Here is no cross-section of the eighteenth century which might have been such grand material for movie. The film is founded on the superficial appearance of men and things, an approach that has never and can never achieve the level of greatness. Feb 12, 2021 Full Review Ann Ross Maclean's Magazine Power is magnificently worth going to see. Oct 8, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Ambitious Joseph Süss Oppenheimer (Conrad Veidt) rises out of the Jewish ghetto in the 1730s Duchy of Wurttemburg through shrewd business deals and by becoming indispensable to the lecherous, cruel Duke Karl Alexander (Frank Vosper). However, when Joseph defends a Jewish man against the duke, his betrayal sends him to prison, where he is to be executed unless he renounces his Jewish heritage. Shocked to learn that his father was not a Jew, Joseph nonetheless refuses to betray his heritage.
Director
Lothar Mendes
Production Co
Gaumont British Picture Corporation Ltd.
Genre
History, Drama
Original Language
English
Release Date (DVD)
Apr 24, 2012
Runtime
1h 45m