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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.

Update: From the same seller, we have purchased the censorship cards for Veit Harlan's Die goldene Stadt (1942) and for the Victor de Kowa 1941 film, Kopf Hoch, Johannes! about an Auslands- HJ boy from Argentina (played by Klaus Detlef Sierck)  in a NAPOLA. Both cards super–rare!



Hände Hoch! is our first poster acquisition this year. This was the first feature film of director Alfred Weidenmann. The film is banned today as a Hitler Youth 'Pimpf' film of boys sent to the Tatra Mountains in Slovakia in s-l1600-3.jpgWWII to escape the Allied bombing of their city; and the adventures they had whilst away from home.  This is one film for which we have virtually nothing in our collection other than a a few contemporary film newspaper articles;  so even though this is not the most exicting poster ever designed, it is a really scarce one. It another example of the Gaufilmstelle (Film distribution and public screening office for regional and rural Germany) poster, of which we have several. Once the poster is in our hands, it will be re–photographed properly and added to our Poster Gallery.





We have won at auction the 4 page bi-lingual handbill for the Terra Filmkunst's JUD SÜß, which ties in with our original 1940 poster for that film in our collection.




We have in the past two months, during our proofing and publication of our third Karl Ritter book, Legion Condor – Karl Ritter's lost 1939 feature film, managed to win at auction, to privately purchase, and to swap,  three posters, which are being added to our Collection as they arrive from overseas. 



Spiel im Sommerwind is a love story in 1939 Germany between two attractive young people travelling across the Reich; Jakko is the story of a circus boy orphan whose late father's best friend, a circus clown, dies and Jakko is then taken in by a HJ Home and whose life is thus changed for the better; and Wetterleuchten um Barbara is an Anschluss film depicting the struggle of Tyrol mountain farmers against the Austrian authorities leading up the annexation of Austria by the Third Reich.