German Films @ Toronto Jewish Film Festival
The Toronto Jewish Film Festival is launching a re-imagined version of the Festival 2020 that will be presented in 2 parts. The first part of TJFF will be a ground-breaking online Festival that will take place May 30-June 7th featuring the following German co-production, co-presented with the Goethe-Institut Toronto:
"Conrad Veidt: My Life" by Mark Rappaport
(USA/France, 2019, 61min)
Critic Jonathan Rosenbaum selected this fascinating film as one of the ten best of 2019. German actor Conrad Veidt is best remembered for playing Nazi Major Strasser in "Casablanca". In reality, he was an ardent anti-fascist who left Nazi Germany for Britain, falsely claiming to be Jewish in solidarity with his Jewish wife. Using clips from Veidt’s films, acclaimed director Mark Rappaport ("Rock Hudson’s Home Movies") imagines the actor narrating his life and career from the silent era, including his leading roles in "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" and "The Man Who Laughs" (which inspired the character of "The Joker"), through to his Hollywood years where he often played Nazis.