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."

 

POSTER GALLERY  --view

nearly 600 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. 

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Bengasi

 

 

Augusto Genina's war propaganda film Bengasi  (1941) celebrated the Italian victory over the British and Commonwealth soldiers during the African campaign in Libya.

In one scene in the film, a group of Australian soldiers is shown as uncouth thugs who kill an Italian migrant on his farm after he answered their questions, for no reason. The film won the "Mussolini Cup" film prize at the 1942 Venice Film Festival.

The film's listing in the DIFU (German–Italian Film Union distribution company) catalogue for 1941/1942, which brought Italian fascist films into Germany with sychronised (dubbed) soundtracks. The film was actually never shown in Germany, as Rommel's setbacks in 1942 –– due to his battle plans being deciphered by the British,–– meant such a film about Axis victories in North Africa was no longer believable.  The full- uncut DIFU version of the film exists and there is a project whereby it may be released on DVD in 2020/2021.

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As the film was banned in German cinemas after being advertised, due to the retreat of Rommel's forces from Bengasi, little propaganda about the film remains. We do however have the DIFU flyer promoting the film just before it was withdrawn from distribution:

 

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Advertisement in the popular weekly German film magazine, FILMWELT, promotiing BENGASI and the other main DIFU war film, GIARABUB, in the March 3, 1943 issue. Only the latter title was actually shown to audiences.

 

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Year
1941
 
Director
Genina
 
Country
Italy