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Council of the Gods (Der Rat der Gotter) (East Germany, 1950)

Directed by Kurt Maetzig. Cast: Paul Bildt, Fritz Tillmann, Willi A. Kleinau, Hans-Georg Rudolph, Albert Garbe, Helmuth Hinzelmann, Inge Keller, Yvonne Merin, Kate Scharf. A film based on the Nuremberg Trials against the directors of the IG Farben Company which proved the joint guilt of German industry in fascism and war, and the close ties between big industry and the Nazis. Two main protagonists dominate this epic. Chairman Mauch, who had supported Hitler, finds new fame and fortune in West Germany after the war, while the bourgeois chemist Dr. Hans Scholz lives through a tortutous political transformation forced to face the fact that poison was being produced in his factory which was used to kill millions at concentration camps. The film also brings to light the cooperation between German industry and U.S. monopolies. In scenes that take place after 1945, the USA is portrayed as a latent fascist power. Special DVD features: Interviews; newsreels; about the filmmakers; stills gallery; 3 vintage trailers. Based on IG Farben by Richard Sasuly. 105 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
See also:
Keitz, Ursula von. "Between Dramatization and Epicization: The Portrayal of Nazi Crimes in Exemplary German Films from the Late 1940s to the 1970s." New German Critique; Fall2007, Issue 102, p45-60, 16p Full-text of this article / review is available:Berkeley users only