Major exhibition and scholarly loans from the Collection
From 14 December 2007 to 9 September 2008, the two original Belgian and Italian posters of the propaganda film Jud Süß (1941, Germany) were on display at the special exhibit entitled "Jud Süß - Propagandafilm im NS-Staat" at the Haus der Geschichte, Baden-Württemburg, Stuttgart, Germany, along with other related film items borrowed from the Gillespie Collection. The 152-page catalogue of this important exhibition was published by Das Haus der Geschichte (ISBN 978-3-933726-24-7) and all film posters and materials loaned by this Collection were reproduced in the catalogue.
In 2007 the Macmillan book entitled CINEMA AND THE SWASTIKA, co-authored by renowned film historians Roel Vande Winkel and David Welch, used the Belgian poster as illustration of the use of German propaganda films in Occupied Belguim in WWII. Original poster images from this website are also, by arrangement with the F.W. Murnau Stiftung, in Wiesbaden, Germany, held on their own website.
In mid-2009, the original German film poster ( 'Muster 1' ) for the anti-British film OHM KRÜGER, was reproduced in the book STATE OF DECEPTION: THE POWER OF NAZI PROPAGANDA, W.W.Norton & Company, New York, N.Y. by permission of the Gillespie Collection. The poster was reproduced in full colour on the first page of the book chapter entitled 'Feature Films as Propaganda.'
In late 2010, the book UFA IN FARBE - Technik, Politik und Starkult zwischen 1936 und 1945, Collection Rolf Heyne, München, by authors Friedemann Beyer, Gert Koshofer and Michael Krüger, reproduced a number of items from this Collection, including three different countries' posters for MÜNCHHAUSEN, and one each for DIE GOLDENE STADT and for DIE FRAU MEINE TRÄUME.
In October 2011, a biography on film director Herbert Selpin entitled DER FALL SELPIN by Friedemann Beyer (Collection Rolf Heyne) appeared with contributions from this Collection.
In August 2012, the long–anticipated biography on actor Emil Jannings by Frank Noack reprinted and credited from this Collection one of the two German posters for Ohm Krüger.
In November, 2013, the Agfacolor film reference book by Dirk Alt, DIE FARBFILM MARSCHIERT! Frühe Farbfilmverfahren und NS–Propaganda 1933–1945, München, 2013, used both colour and B&W images from the Collection unobtainable elsewhere.
In early 2014, the new Felix Möller documentary on National Socialist film, Verbotene Film, used posters and other related film materials from this Collection. The documentary was released in October 2014.
In June, 2014, a film conference in Moscow entitled "Soviet studios at war, 1939-1949" took place and Dr. Ralf Forster, whose research on the Zentralfilmgesellschaft Ost (ZFO) and its production companies, such as Riga-Film and Ukraine-Film (see Ostland Film on this website) used the Collection'very rare Riga poster for Das Sündige Dorf in his conference presentation.
In July 2014 Aisthesis Verlag, Bielefeld published the book THE PLACE OF POLITICS IN GERMAN FILM, with a chapter on Karl Ritter's Capriccio (1937) using information from the Collection, drawing on the personal film clipping Capriccio album of Karl Ritter and other materials. (Chapter 4, by Valerie Weinstein, "Third Reich Film Comedy as a Place of Politics: Masculinity, Marriage, and Mayhem in Karl Ritter's Capriccio," pp. 85–104).
The English translation of Frank Noack's pioneering 2000 work, Veit Harlan – "Des Teufels Regisseur, " published by The University Press of Kentucvky as Veit Harlan – The Life and Works of a Nazi Filmmaker in 2016, includes quotations from our 2nd edition Karl Ritter book concerning the actor ( and Luftwaffe pilot) Hannes Stelzer, who appeared in Harlan's Der Herrscher film (1937).
A just released 'Bildband' book published in November 2017 on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Uƒa film studio by noted film historian Friedemann Beye contains 15 posters from the Collection, all of which are reproduced in full–colour, as well as 4 B&W or colour images/photos. The Karl Ritter 2nd edition book by William Gillespie is listed in the book's Bibliography, as well.
We have completed negotiation to provide seven original Münchhausen film posters from across 1943 Europe to a Museum in Germany in 2017/18 as part of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the famous Uƒa film studios at Babelsberg. The exhibition will open in December 2017 and run for three months. The posters were shipped to Potsdam in late September 2017.
Our Library has recently received from a Holocaust organisation in Rome their exhibition catalogue which reproduced some of our Collection's anti–Semitic poster images of German and Italian films, such as Harlan's Jud Süß and Waschnecks's Die Rothschilds in 2017, as well as the Mjölnir Sieg im Westen Gaufilmstelle poster, and the German poster for the Italian Fascist film on the 'Black shirts." The 192 page full–colour exhibition catalogue was published with the title LA RAZZA NEMICA – La propaganda antisemita nazista e fascista by Gangemi Editore International, Roma.
We have recently been contacted by a Berlin DVD production company releasing DIFU dubbed German versions of Italian films from the 1938–1944 period, seeking film poster images etc from our expanded DIFU collection.
Posters and promotional materials have been provided to International Historic Films in Chicago, for two new or forthcoming DVD releases of Karl Ritter's WWI epic Unternehmen Michael as well as for the Hans Zöberlin Freikorps 'Munich Red Republic' film, Um das Menchenrecht. Further upcoming IHF film titles have also been supported but cannot be disclosed at this time.
The Berlin Kinemathek / Berlin Film Museum on–line catalogue of pre–1945 film periodicals links our Index of DER DEUTSCHE FILM Zeitschrift found on this website, for the benefit of researchers.
Two academic researchers at universities in Belgium and Germany are working on an article on the Deutsche Filmakademie, Babelsberg, and we have supplied them with a 34 page scan of a rare publication in our Library which they could not find elsewhere, and did not know existed until we made contact, in July 2017.
Dr. Hans Traub (1901–1943) was the pioneering film researcher, scholar and archivist in the late Weimar and the Third Reich years when film was still a young medium. He published a number of seminal works during this time -- including those found in our Library -- and his untimely death from blood poisoning in December 1943 meant a Dictionary of Film remained unfinished and unpublished. Interestingly, the Foreword for the book was written by none other than Prof. Karl Ritter. The manuscript, incomplete, was kept by his family and in 2007 found it's way into the collection of the Deutsche Kinemathek in Berlin. The manuscript has just been published as Wörterbuch des Films; by Hans Traub, Editors Rainer Rother und Hans Aurich; Neofelis Varlag GmbH, Berlin 2017; 247 pages. The William Gillespie book on Karl Ritter is cited in the book, and Gillespie, who corresponded with Herr Aurich about Traub, is one of the individuals thanked by the Editors. As always, we were delighted to provide any information possible.
A scholarly book tentatively called Antisemitism and Film Comedy in Nazi Germany shall use film stills and posters from our Collection, to be published by Indiana University Press in 2019.
Commercial DVDs which have used poster images and film promotional materials from the Collection
German releases of DER CHORAL VON LEUTHEN (DVD) and MORGENROT (BluRay and DVD) employ posters and original promotional materials from the Collection. In January, 2015 arte/ absolut medien released a DVD of the silent and sound versions of the Louis Ralph 1926 –1934 films of KREUZER EMDEN, and used both of our posters from the Collection in the accompanying booklet and one poster served as the DVD cover art. American DVD releases of GPU, DER GROßE KÖNIG, ICH KLAGE AN, BISMARCK, MEIN LEBEN FÜR IRLAND, DIII88, STOßTRUPP 1917, OHM KRÜGER, LEINEN AUS IRLAND, JUD SÜß, WUNSCHKONZERT, WUNDER DES FLIEGENS, HITLERJUNGE QUEX, HANS WESTMAR, STUKAS, BESATZUNG DORA, ÜBER ALLES IN DER WELT, POUR LE MÉRITE, U–BOOTE–WESTWÄRTS! and KADETTEN, IM KAMPF GEGEN DEN WELTFEIND, as well as more forthcoming Karl Ritter DVD releases, all draw on this Collection's materials.