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What's new in 2017 ?

(New acquisitions of importance shall be added as the year unfolds......)

 

Our first purchase leading into the new year is six original 1940 photographs of the premiere of the Italian film classic by Augusto Genina, The Siege of the Alcazar or L'Assedio dell'Alcazar, which took place in Madrid in 28 October 1940. Our Collection has original Italian and German posters from the film, as well as the DIFU German language press-book on the film for the dubbed version which was released in Nazi Germany over a year later, in November 1941. These particular photos were issued by the Italian film studio Productora Film Bassoli to promote the film's international distribution.The film won the Mussolini Cup at the 1940 Venice Film Festival for being the Best Italian Film. In our book Karl Ritter on page 141,  it is pointed out that a German script about the siege of the Alcazar was muted by the Uƒa film studio and a production by Ritter was in discussion just before the Genina film was premiered in Italy.  At a private preview screening of the film hosted by Minister Joseph Goebbels in Berlin on 22 September 1940,  with Ritter and other film directors in attendance, Dr. Goebbels said that a German telling of the story could not possibly better the Genina film, and the Uƒa project was therefore scrapped. The working title of that film was "The Embassy."  The photos are now inside our Alcazar poster listing in the POSTER GALLERY.

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EinerfürAlle350.jpgThe original German press book for the de Robertis 1941 submarine rescue  film Uomini sul Fondo ("Men at the bottom") was acquired and added to our Film Publications library of pre–1945 film press books and "Werberatschäge" cinema owners' guides for individual movies.  The German title was Einer für Alle ("One for All").  We have both the original 16mm release wartime Italian poster for the film and the Protektorat German/Czech poster for the film in our Collection., as well as a 1942 French press book  –– the film in Occupied France being called SOS 103, the '103'   based on the submarine's classification. We also purchased at the same time 3 stills or press photos from the film. Two stills are from the USA release, and one from the German release.

 

 

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       CineGraph Index volumes for the Illustrierte Film–Kurier newspaper 1939–1942  also acquired.

 

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Our film book library is being enlarged by the acquisition of four Index volumes for the Film–Kurier Tageszeitung, originally published in 1995 by the CineGraph publishing house in Hamburg. The Indexes were found at a used bookstore after a decade–long search on–line, and include the annual volumes for years 1939, 1940, 1941 and 1942. The Indexes list every newspaper article in every issue of the Film–Kurier, by name of article, and by topic - such as film review, technical, artist/director interview, etc; citing issue date, issue #, and page # of each article. Needless to say, this expedites research enormously. We had in our collection heretofore only the final volume of the series in our library - the one pictured LEFT for the years 1943–1945 inclusive. (One volume sufficed for these late war years, as the newspaper dropped from five times weekly, to three times weekly, then once weekly.) That volume covered, thankfully,  all the pre–production, filming, and post–production months of Karl Ritter's Luftwaffe film BESATZUNG DORA, which made finding articles considerably easier to locate. The Indexes were only published as a first edition and were never reprinted. With our major acquisition last year of hundreds of bound issues of that newspaper from these years, the Indexes will prove very useful in future research. All five volumes – 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942 and 1943–1945 are now to be found in our film book library.

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 The  Uƒa Feldpost  issue of May, 1942 added to our  Library

20170205-00002.jpgAn extremely rare Uƒa Feldpost issue has been added to our Collection.  It is from May 1942 and covers news from the film studio for those Uƒa employees serving at that time in the German Armed Forces. It's nickname was "the green comradeship newspaper," and it called the men who received it "Uƒa-Soldaten."  The issue, amongst other films, reports on the progress of Karl Ritter's GPU, stating that it's final scenes are currently underway in Paris.

In addition to this 1942 issue, we have the complete years of both 1943 and 1944 in our Zeitschriften collection. The last issue published was dated December 1944, and was mimeographed rather than offset printed.

 

 

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In 2016 we acquired the until then unknown to us  "Programm von Heute" actor's card for the early NSDAP film, Hans Westmar (1933), showing actor Emil Lohkamp as Westmar in his SA uniform (see "What was new in 2016?" or our Westmar poster in the Poster Gallery.) We have now acquired the extremely rare and heretofore unseen Rosskarte actor's card -- and this one autographed! - by the actor Heinz Klingenberg, who appeared in the early NSDAP film SA Mann Brand (also 1933).  

 

 

 

 

 

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In our book The Making of the Crew of the Dora on the Karl Ritter film BESATZUNG DORA, photos of the Gostkino, USSR Luftwaffe air base in October 1942 were reproduced. The photos were taken by an airman,  on duty at the time, so our book provides never before published  "behind the scenes" photos of the making of the film. This base was being used  at this time by the Luftwaffe Fernaufklärer (Long distance reconnBildstelle-Gostkino.jpgaissance) squadron in support of the Siege of Leningrad and other battles with the Red Army, and key scenes of the film was shot there during these WWII campaigns.   We have just acquired a few more private snapshots taken by Gostkino air base soldiers in 1942 (although not necessarily the same month of October, when Ritter and his Uƒa film crew and the actors were there...).  The one shown at RIGHT is of the Luftwaffe "Bildstelle" or the Photographic Lab, where the air reconn film was immediately developed and then scrutinised for intelligence reports and bomber targeting. 

21 February 2017:  A further WWII soldier's photo album  of private snapshots taken in the Pleskau - Luga - Ropti - Gostkino air base between December 1942 and June 1943 (i.e.: two months to eight months after the filming was completed in that area of the Occupied USSR) has been acquired.  Here is one photo of the Schloß in Ropti taken in December 1942; and then the destroyed Schloß in Gostkino in June 1943.  Ropti-Schloß-1942.jpgGostkino-Schloß-1943.jpg

16 March 2017: Another BESATZUNG DORA film related acquisition.... this original Luftwaffe aerial shot of the officer's quarters and barracks, and a good portion of the Gostkino air base in 1942, where all the Soviet Union scenes in the Karl Ritter film,  other than the cathedral scene shot in Luga, and the rural village scenes shot in Ropti, were filmed in October 1942. It is a pity that this photo was not available to be included in the book The Making of The Crew of the Dora.

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Imperial Japan released the Hans Steinhoff anti-British propaganda film OHM KRÜGER in 1942 during the height of the Japanese attack on British colonies in the Pacific, as well as their occupation of the Philippines and of French Indochina. We have acquired a very rare Imperial Japan film advertisement postcard promoting OHM KRÜGER to the Japanese population. The Japanese title for the film was "Sekai ni Tsugi" or "Telling the World".... The card is shown on the left, and the rough translation provided by the Tokyo seller reads as follows:

"Having a look at incomparable inhuman tactics done by the British Army in Boer, South Africa, described in this film, we must be more determined than ever never to cease attacking the US and UK. "

"The Boer War. This was a brutal war for the purpose of ethnic cleansing. An unforgivable criminal war. Now we must look at Britain's detestable brutal acts recorded in the World War history. "

"Cinematography: Fritz Arno Wagner. Directed by Hans Steinhoff. Starring Emil Jannings.  "General release: 2 Sept."   "Germany. Tobis' large-scale film. Distribution in Japan by Gaikoku Eiga (Foreign Films) Co; Ltd."

Our Collection also has a 1942 magazine full–page advertisement for the film published in the occupied Philippines, which we have displayed in the drop-down menu listings for OHM KRÜGER.

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Rare letterhead from OSTLAND FILM G.m.b.H. in wartime Riga added to the Collection.

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The film production and distribution efforts of Germany during the invasion and occupation of the Soviet Union and the Baltic States in 1941–1944 are a fascinating aspect of German film history. It is only within the past dozen years that research on this topic has appeared in scholarly journals and in two books – one in English and one in German. Our Collection has two extremely rare original film posters from 1943 Riga and we have a special website page devoted to this topic which can be found here. 

Our Baltic colleague has unearthed for us an August 1944 Riga "Splendid Palace" cinema ticket (not shown here) which dates only two months before the Red Army re–took Latvia from Germany; and also found for us was the piece of OSTLAND FILM G.m.b.H. stationary shown above. It is a Telegram sheet for Ostland Film's staff to fill in to send a telegram. These pieces join our other Ostland Film ephemera, such as cinema tickets, envelopes, and the two posters. In our collection also are all of the original 1941–1943 German film newspapers which had coverage on Riga Film G.mb.H; Ukraine Film G.m.b.H; Filmvertrieb Ost; Ostland Film G.m.b.H; and their Zentralfilmgesellschaft Ost headquarters back in Berlin.

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Trommelfeuer-handbill.jpgwere purchased in April 2017 ---- one advertising the 1928 Louis Ralph early sound version of the film KREUZER EMDEN, which preceded the re-released 1934 version. We have a poster of each sound version in our collection! The second handbill is for the 1935 film IM TROMMELFEUER DER WESTFRONT. Each handbill can be seen in a much larger readable format if you search for the film poster in our Search engine (or Poster Gallery), where you will find the handbill as an added image above the respective poster. 

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Acquired - the press–book to the 1941 History of Flight in Germany film, Die Himmelstürmer.  This 24 page guide to the film is not often found for sale.

 

 

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 We have a mint condition original German poster for the Emil Jannings film Traumulus  in our Collection – the National Socialist remake, of sorts, of the Jannings Die blaue Engel  film but without Marlene Dietrich or Kurt Gerron. We have now won at auction the second German original poster for the film, but it has no text or credits printed on it. It is the "Auslandsvertriebsplakat," or foreign film market poster. It was printed in Germany for export to a foreign country where it would have text added in the appropriate language of the destination land by means of over–printing.  Naturally we would wish for the fully finished poster of a film, but having the second graphic sheet for it, even without text, is a worthy acquisition and one not likely to be bettered in our lifetimes. 

We also won at auction the German poster for the Ucicky film Der zerbrochene Krug, also starring Emil Jannings but it is in miserable condition and will need to be linen–backed before we photograph it. 

 

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In early May The German Film Dot Net Collection acquired via auction the great actor Werner Krauss‘ personal copy of the film script of Jud Süß (D, 1940, Veit Harlan). The script is annotated by Krauss on the reverse side of the scattered script pages associated with the four individual characters with speaking roles he played in the film. In those annotations, he wrote notes to himself about those characters, and how he wished to interpret them, their traits, accents, gestures, etc. This is an amazing piece of German film history, and a true  "there is only one-in-the-world" object. The script will have further images taken upon arrival. Meanwhile, here are two photographs from the auction house catalogue.

 

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We have traded a Zarah Leander/Marika Rökk cinema owner's guide for yet another lobby card for the Karl Ritter film Besatzung Dora which we did not have in our Ritter Collection.  This is then the 21st original film lobby card or press photo from the banned film we have, out of thirty scenic stills issued by the Ufa Publiicty Department in the lead–up to the film's planned release date in March 1943, which never transpired. Onwards and upwards!

 

 

 

Two WWII military photographs associated with the Dora  filming at the Gostkino Luftwaffe airbase in the Occupied USSR in October 1942 have been acquired. The photos show Oblt. Karl Hütten, BELOW LEFT, who was "Bildoffizier" at the base, responsible for the all–important Photographic Lab, which scrutinised aerial photos made of enemy positions by the air reconnaissance flights. The photo, BELOW RIGHT, is of Hauptmann Johannes Weineck of the 5 (F.)/122 squadron. Both men are mentioned numerous times in Chapter 9 in our The Making of The Crew of the Dora .  Captain Johannes Weineck and his wife also attended Karl Ritter's 54th birthday party held on 4 November 1942 at the Ritter's villa in Uƒastadt Babelsberg. Clearer images of the two photos will replace these vendor photos when we update our website again in August.

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