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What's new in 2019?


This page shall be updated regularly as any especially important or novel new film acquisitions are made in the course of the year. Stay tuned.




Our first acquisition of the year is a small collectible, for a film our Collection has represented by two original German posters, Hans Bertram's war film, Kampfgeschwader Lützow. It is the invitation to the film's world premiere of 28 February 1941,  issued to someone by Tobis Filmkunst. The premiere took place at Berlin's most prestigious cinema, the Ufa Palast am Zoo. (A hideous post–war cinema edifice now bears the same name, as the original cinema when this film was premiered was a casualty of the war.)








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Our second acquisition for the year are the two German Censorship Office cards shown above. These were issued by the Munich branch of the Reichsfilmprüfstelle, which censored all motion pictures for cinema release in Germany. The censorship card is not a simple index card, but actually a multi-paged document of stapled cardstock which has every word of dialogue on the film's soundtrack, as well as each Scene, listed against paragraph numbers for easy visual coordination to a screened final print. The card reflects the final version of the film which is allowed to be shown publicaly. The second card, a Prädikat card, was issued in conjunction with the censorship card. This second card provided the film with special attributes for marketing purposes. In this case, "volksbildend" and "künsterlich," or 'nation-building' and 'artistic.' Such Prädikate also reduced or exempted cinema owners from paying certain govenmental taxes on the box office ticket sales of a film, so were ways the regime encouraged cinema owners to take up the film for their cinema(s).

We are very pleased to have found the original censorship cards for S A MANN BRAND, one of the iconic first propaganda films of the Third Reich. We have in our Collection both of the original German posters for the film, as well as the original "Werberatschlag," (Cinema owner's promotion guide) and some lobby cards as well.  Film censorship cards are almost never found for sale on the open market. They are held by various German governmental archives, such as the Bundesarchiv, or in scattered state film institutions; which in the chaos of post–1945 Germany, had many such documents destroyed, lost, burned, or stolen by Soviet forces.