Emil Jannings – Special Collection
The Swiss–born actor Emil Jannings (1884 – 1950) became Germany’s first “world star” and the first actor in the world to win an Oscar. The Oscar was awarded in 1928 for his roles in two films, The Way of all Flesh and The Last Command. The latter film was a “ParaUfaMet” international collaboration between the American Paramount and MGM studios, and Germany’s Ufa studio. The American studios had poured post-WWI dollars into inflation–ridden Weimar Germany to control Ufa and the German film market. The Last Command was produced in both English and German language versions – the German film title was Der letzte Befehl (1927) and the original poster for the film is found in this Collection.
As of August 2017 some twenty–three film posters in the Collection are those of motion pictures starring Emil Jannings: Der letzte Befehl, Der Alte und junge König, Traumulus, Der Herrscher, Der zerbrochene Krug, Robert Koch, Ohm Krüger, Die Entlassung, and Jannings’ last completed film, Alte Herz wird wieder Jung.
The twenty–one posters for these films are from Germany, France, Sweden, Belgium, Bulgaria, and Italy, and can be located in the Poster Gallery by using the search feature by country, or by film title.
Jannings' artistic oversight for, strong endorsement of, and title role in the anti–British propaganda film, Ohm Krüger, ruined his chances of returning to the film industry after the collapse of the Third Reich, and he died 'a broken man' on 2 January 1950. A page devoted to Ohm Krüger on this website can provide more information about this film as well as the related film posters and ephemera held by this Collection.
The first post-war biography of Jannings was published in mid–2012 by Collection Rolf Heyne, authored by Frank Noack. It is entitled JANNINGS – DER ERSTE DEUTSCHE WELTSTAR, ISBN #9789-3-899190-536-0. Frank Noack authored the first biography of controversial film director Veit Harlan in 2000, entitled VEIT HARLAN – "DES TEUFELS REGISSEUR" which is still in print, belleville Verlag, ISBN #5-923646-85-2. Both biographies are highly recommended and fill decades–longstanding gaps in 20th century German film history. Noack's HARLAN book was translated into English by the author and was published in late 2016 by The University of Kentucky Press and is available via Amazon and other book outlets.
BELOW, an original promotional piece for the Jannings film on the young Friedrich the Great, autographed by the actor, in our Collection.