logos.jpg“History is not about the facts. It is about the context and who is telling the story.” —Prof. Milton Fine. 

"Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past."   –– George Orwell in his novel "1984." 

"Whoever doubts the exclusive guilt of Germany for the Second World War destroys the foundation of post–war politics." ––  Prof. Theodor Eschenberg, Rector, the University of Tübingen.

"If we have our own why in life, we shall get along with almost any how."         –  Friedrich Nietzsche



over 500 German film

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1927–1954  from

Germany and from

many Axis and Neutral countries

across Europe!  


Note!  Posters in the Poster Gallery are PERMANENT

acquisitions which are NOT FOR SALE!!   ONLY the

posters listed in our POSTER STORE are for sale. 

(They have a price and order button to use.)


Karl Ritter's influence on Imperial Japanese military war films, 1940–1945.


[ ABOVE: A 1940  Imperial Japan brochure on the film UNTERNEHMEN MICHAEL in our Collection. ]




Film director Kenji Mizoguchi (Osaka Elegy, The 47th Ronin, both 1936) in the February 1940 Japanese film magazine Sutaa (Star) commented on Unternehmen Michael as follows: ‘Karl Ritter’s direction is skillful, but it is the soul of filmmaking that shines through more brilliantly than skill. The soul to make something complete is within him. A great filmmaker.’ Mizoguchi was, for his post–war films such as Sansho the Bailiff (1954) and his “women” films, called ‘one of the 20th century’s greatest filmmakers’ by the New York Times, as well as by other filmmakers, such as OrsonWelles.



The following text is drawn from pages 81–82 of the biography KARL RITTER - HIS LIFE AND 'ZEITFILMS' UNDER NATIONAL SOCIALISM (2nd ed. 2014) by William Gillespie, available from this website Store and well as via International Historic Films, Chicago, Illinois, USA. ©2014 by William A. Gillespie, All Rights Reserved.