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The City Without Jews (Die Stadt Ohne Juden) Austria / 1924

“An astonishing document and proxy narrative for a story could all too easily happen again.” – Hyperallergic

In the mythical republic of Utopia things have gone sour. The economy is stagnant, and protests by the hordes of unemployed workers are growing by the day. Seeking a scapegoat, the ruling party expels the Jews from Utopia. Things improve temporarily but before long bubble bursts, and the regretful parliament votes to invite the Jews back.

Believed to have been lost until a copy was discovered in a Paris flea market in 2015, this silent gem from 1924 was painstakingly restored by Austria's national film archive, and presents a chilling foreshadowing of the Nazi’s imminent rise to power across Europe. Based on Hugo Bettauer’s book of the same title.

80 mins / German (English intertitles)

Director — H.K. Breslauer

Cast — Johannes Riemann, Hans Moser, Karl Tema, Anny Miletty

Category — Retrospective Feature