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What's new in 2018?


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


Our first acquisitions are two extremely rare Imperial Japan - circa 1938/39 -  Olympia film items promoting Leni Riefenstahl's classic film in wartime Japan. The first item -- depictedjapanese_press_sheet_olympiad_a_TY00414_B.jpg RIGHT --  is a two–sided A3 press-sheet printed on thin cardboard. One side depicts B&W stills from the film with Japanese Kanji text. The other side is an A3 colour mini-poster of the famous discus–thrower from Part I of the film.  The second item --depicted LEFT --  is an actual film poster, backed on linen and in excellent japanese_misc_olympiad_linen_SD11863_B.jpgoverall condition, of an Olympia film motif which is not one found in our French, Belgian, Finnish nor Czech original posters for the film. It is of the Olympic flag, with a small B&W photo montage of the Parthenon, and the title of the film in Kanji. The poster is 21 inches x 30 inches in size.  


Update: These Olympia film items have now been photographed and can be found in  our Poster Gallery.


The Uƒa film studio celebrated its 25th anniversary in 1943, marking the occasion with the extravagant and costly special effects fantasy film on s-l1600.jpgBaron Münchhausen. The Total War restrictions placed on German society suspended most film publications and full–colour advertising materials, but we have acquired a rare silver anniversary publication by Uƒa aimed at German cinema owners.  This is one of  the only colour Uƒa publications which we own from 1943, and are delighted to add it to our Publications Library.

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Up-date: We have scanned all 12 pages of this brochure and set up a new web page devoted to it here.



The 1934 film Der verlorene Sohn, starring and directed by Luis Trenker is considered an early propaganda film of the Third Reich, albeit mild in the overall ideological tendency. Partially filmed in Great Depression Manhattan, it contrasts the happy idyllic, bucolic life of Tyrolean farmers as contrasted with the grim reality of US soup lines, unemployment and despair. It is a classic and a film for which we have never been able to acquire an original German poster. We have had a large format French poster in our Collection, as well as some original German film stills. We have now purchased an original German poster, albeit without the film title or cast credits. This is undoubtedly a foreign distribution poster, printed in Germany and exported to a foreign land where an over-printing in that country's language would provide local audiences with a film title they could understand. This poster remained unused in that way. The graphic designer was Kurt Geffers, who was one of the most prolific and respected graphic artists from Weimar era through to the post-war decades. We show at left below the actual poster sheet we have acquired, and to the right the full poster as it was printed for Germans in Nazi Germany. The difference in the ink colouring of the two images is due to the one on the right being a poor quality snapshot of the poster in another collection.  The colours of the image of our poster sheet at left are true to the actual colours of the poster.   

Update: This poster sheet can now be found in our Poster Gallery. Further update: We have acquired 32 first–release film stills for this early Third Reich film.




















It was only a few months ago that we acquired an original 1942 poster for the important Italian WWII military film, Giarabub. The film is described in our "What was new in 2017?" web page and with the poster itself in our Poster Gallery. We have now acquired, by coincidence and luck,

Giarabub-2--tb.jpgthe second version of this poster by the same graphic artist. We also obtained from the seller two Fotobusta from the same film, to add to the six we already have. The second poster and the 2 new Fotobusta  have been photographed and added to our Poster Gallery.





The Edgar Neville film Carmen Fra i Rossi ("Carmen amongst the Reds") was an anti–Communist spy melodrama taking place in the battle for Madrid during the Spanish Civil War. The film was based on Neville's novel and produced at the behest of Mussolini's Italy. A Spanish version with a different leading man was co-produced at the time --- the first-ever motion picture collaboration between Spain and Italy. We have a web page devoted to the film and our original Spanish poster. The film was also dubbed in German and released there in 1942 under the title In der Roten Hölle ("In the Red Hell"). See our web page to read an English translation of the film's opening night review in Berlin! Film stills are exceedingly rare. We had been very fortunate to find five stills in 2016/2017. Now we have purchased a further three from a seller in Barcelona, and one from a German seller. The first five stills were issued by Bassoli Film in Italy, the next 3 from the Hispania Tobis distributor, and the last one from the German DIFU distributor.  An obscure, forgotten, long lost and recently re–discovered film,  but a fascinating one!

The three new stills from the Spanish distributor of the film:




Any time that we can find a Filmprüfstelle censorship card for a well–known Third Reich propaganda film, we are happy to try to acquire it. We have just done so for the 1936 Karl Anton film White Slaves (Weiße Sklaven), an anti–Bolshevik melodrama with Camilla Horn, Karl John, Fritz Kampers, and Werner Hinz. We own the 1936 French poster for the film as well as the post–war re–release poster under the new film title "Battleship Sevastopol." The film was recycled and shown in the BRD during the Cold War, as were some other Nazi propaganda films (the Soviet Union  using Nazi films itself --- showing Ohm Krüger in that country in the 1950s as an anti–British ploy, and the Soviet criminal puppet state the DDR showing Selpin's Titanic in those years before the film was ever shown to BRD audiences, the West Germany delay due to British objections.)


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s-l1600.jpgWe have acquired 42 original 1935 lobby cards for the Hans Steinhoff film Der Alte und junge König, issued by Deka Film, with the Reichsadler censorship  embossed imprint of the Reichsfilmprüfstelle office. It is rare to acquire so many original film stills from one single Third Reich propaganda film. The film stared Emil Jannings as Friedrich the First, tyrannical father of the young, sensitive Friedrich, known later as Friedrich der Große. The two meter tall soldiers depicted as the palace guards to the king were actual members of the Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler, from the Berlin–Lichterfelde barracks. With their uniform hats on, they towered over everyone else at about seven feet.




The Danish Tobis Filmkunst brochure on the Liebeneiner euthanasia film, Ich klage an, has been acquired. Note the front cover's original art work, which does not appear in the French nor German publicity for this film. It is likely the actual poster design for Denmark.


Our 3rd Italian MÜNCHHAUSEN poster from 1943! In this case, a 100 cm x 35 cm poster banner in bright colours. Update: This poster has now been added to our Poster Gallery.



Through winning seven different auctions and through a private sale, we have acquired 51 film lobby cards and press photos for propaganda films such as Himmelhunde, Jakko, Junge Adler, Venus vor Gericht, as well as a very iconic one for Hans Westmar. All of these photographs are still en route to us, so we display below a few poor quality images from the auction sites until the real photographs can be added to our photographic collection:


(Images below fromHans Westrmar, Venus vor Gericht, GPU, Himmelhunde, respectively.)



We have been able to identify the man, second from right in the photo below; who is shaking hands with Italian film star Fosco Giachetti in late 1939 at the Italian Cinecitta film studios in Rome. The photo was taken during the filming of the anti–Communist Spanish Civil War spy thriller, IN THE RED HELL. 



The film's Italian title was CARMEN FRA I ROSSI  and the Sanish co–production version was called  FRENTE DE MADRID. The Director was acclaimed Spaniard Edgar Neville. He is shown standing directly behind the hand-shake, in the middle of the photo. And who is the man shaking hands with Giachetti? None other than Don Juan de Borbón, Pretender to the Spanish Throne, and father of the future King of Spain, Juan Carlos. 


The German film studios had book tie–ins to their major films in the 1930's and 1940's.  Not just the novel upon which a film script was based, but with 16 B&W full-page film stills from the movie scattered throughoutUfaBuchverlag.jpg the book, as per the film's storyline plot development. We show an Ufa Book Publishing Company advertisement, at RIGHT, for such books. We own  tie-in books, such as for Heimkehr, Bismarck, Germanin, Robert Koch, Jud Süß, Der alte und junge König, and we have just acquired the 1942  extremely rare book for the hard–hitting Karl Ritter anti– Soviet film, GPU.  This is the only copy which we have discovered in nearly three decades.




The book, other than the soiled cover, is in good overall condition, with all 16 B&W stills from the film in place. Another nice piece of Karl Ritter ephemera for our Collection!











On the heels of our GPU book purchase, we have won at auction the 1941 Belgian poster for Karl Ritter's Stukas.  This is a nice, clean 16 inch x 12 inch version. There is another, partial,  film poster printed on the reverse side, as was common during wartime paper shortages.






Personnel ID cards issued by the Third Reich's Filmschaft e.V. and the Reichsfilmkammer do not come up for sale very often, and when they do, they are most often for unknown minor artists, or technicians, and so not terribly interesting. We have obtained the ID for a film cameraman who spent most of his career making about thirty short films, including some documentary ones; before shooting about ten feature films between 1939 and 1943; when he was drafted into the military. He died in 1964 but did not have a film career post–war. The only film of some note was his work on the 1939 feature–length documentary film,  Sehnsucht nach Afrika, starring Swedish adventurer Bengt Berg and his wife. The film used footage of wild animals and jungle and savannahs in Africa taken on Berg's travels there. This African footage was then integrated into a story of six Hitler Youth boys who supposedly travel to Africa with the Bergs and have an adventure together. One of the six boys was Klaus Detlef Sierck, son of Detlef Sierck/ aka "Douglas Sirk."  Young Klaus died five years later in the Soviet Union as a young soldier in the Großdeutschland Division. 





The KDDK; or Comradeship of German Artists was founded under the auspices of Dr. Joseph Goebbels in 1935, and opened it's Berlin offices and lavish premises, with restaurant, bar, meeting rooms, cinema and other facilities in a family villa of assassinated Weimar Minister Walter Rathenau.  The KDDK club had artists and their family members from across all art forms, from film to the visual arts. Film director Karl Ritter and his wife were members. The KDDK was the location of the very first meeting between Ritter and high-ranking members of the Luftwaffe to discuss the efficacy of filming the script co–authored by Ritter and Fred Hildenbrandt of Besatzung Dora in mid–1942. The KDDK was also used for some of the subsequent meetings about the ilm. The villa was bombed late in WWII and was demolished thereafter, and KDDK items are very scarce. We have acquired the membership card of a member from 1936.




The statement by Dr. Goebbels  on the reverse side translates as:

I wish that the KDDK is not only a forum for social relations, but rather may be a source of fruitful mutual suggestions, and thereby promote the whole of German art.  Dr. Goebbels.  April 1935