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nearly 600 German film

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1927–1954  from

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many Axis and Neutral countries

across Europe!  

 

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                  Our Poster of the Month :  Wien 1910

 

We highlight monthly a propaganda film poster which visitors may find interesting as the film itself  is still banned in certain European countries and/or therefore virtually unknown today.

 

This month, we present the 1943 production from Wien-Film, entitled Wien 1910 / Vienna 1910.  Wien-Film was a film company established by the Third Reich after the Anschluß, with its first production year being 1939/1940. This film was announced for the second 1940/41 annual film season, but in fact was delayed by two years and premiered in Vienna in August 1943.

The film offered an outstanding cast with Heinrich George and Rudolf Forster as the two protagonists, and one of Hitler's favourite actresses, Lil Dagover, playing the mistress of Forster's character. 

 

 

BELOW, George, Dagover and Forster, from amongst the 8 film photos in our Collection:

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The description of the film from the Catalogue of Forbidden German Films and Short Film Productions:

 

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The film synopsis from the official Wien-Film promotion guide for cinema owners (Werberatschlag):

 

" From early morning on the 76th of March, 1910 a provocative rumor spread throughout the city of Vienna – that Lueger was on his death bed! Dr. Karl Lueger, the Lord Mayor, the man whose social measures revolutionised the Donau metropolis – the leader of the Christian Socialist Party and justly loved by the people –how he is fanatically hated by the speculating bourgeoisie, who remain in sated wealth, and not least by the boldly spreading Jews....this man is dying?

 

"A demagogue disappears," was whispered in the Hofburg. Habsburg, the Emperor, the court camarilla never understood Lueger and his motives –  never wanted to understand. It's too much "new times" ... and the Habsburg monarchy is suffocating in the formal opulence of the past.

 

While good and bad hopes and desires take root in the Viennese population, Dr. Lueger, who is in fact terminally ill and almost blind, struggles to rise once again. Not for his own sake -- for the sake of his "children", for the sake of his beloved Viennese and their city, he must endure a while longer! The unbelievable happens -- to the astonishment of the attending physician Professor Dr. Pupowatsch and to the joyful shock of Lueger's sisters and his faithful servant Pumera, the Mayor gathers himself up and appears in a stormy municipal council meeting. His appearance becomes a sensation. His feverish activity, alternating with signs of hopeless physical decay, keeps all of Vienna in suspense for three days.

 

Lueger's enemies do not rest. Even now, their hatred of the philanthropist and social reformer will stop at nothing. One of the most brutal moneymakers, Josef Lechner, a commercial councillor, is causing a catastrophic shortfall in municipal bonds. He is helped by the Social Democratic editor, the Jew Dr. Viktor Adler. When Lueger's youthful sweetheart, Marie Anschütz, the wife of a higher official, pays the sick man a farewell visit, Adler labels the mayor an "adulterer" in a mean newspaper article ...... In the dreadful foreboding of the coming disaster that will befall Vienna, indeed all of Austria after his death, and concerned about the preservation of his life's work, Lueger asks his most upright opponent, Ritter von Schönerer, for a discussion, which brings clarification, but no reconciliation. Lueger's financial defenses against Lechner's speculative manoeuvres hold and save the municipal bonds –  Lechner’s plot crashes and he dies lonely, abandoned even by his son, who as an ardent Lueger supporter had to condemn his father's dark dealings.

 

But Vienna's city leader is at the end of his rope. At the big annual ball in the town hall, the terminally ill man collapses. After the last minutes of his struggle, his hopes go out to Schönerer -- the only one who could take on the heavy burden in unbroken strength and as an uncompromising politician.

 

The March night lies over the city. The Viennese crowd head to head in front of the town hall. In the twilight of dawn, the black mourning flag goes up on the Town Hall tower..... Vienna's great mayor, the man of the people, the father of his city, the noblest socialist fighter had ended his journey and his struggle. "

 

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In the Wien-Film annual  1940/41 film season preview catalogue sent to prospective cinema owners across the Reich, the film had a working title not of Wien 1910, but rather just  Karl Lueger, referring to Vienna's hugely loved Lord Mayor, Karl Lueger. Here the rare poster design sent with that publication but never used.

 

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Our Collection boasts both of the original German film posters for Wien 1910. These do not exist in German film archives. Larger images of these two posters may be found in our Poster Gallery.

 

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Wien 1910 claimed being the 10th most watched feature film in the Third Reich in the 1943/44 cinema year, with 19.98 million paid attendances. By contrast the highly-praised Romance in Moll was only 23rd, and the ever-popular Heinz Rühmann film Die Feuerzangenbowle only 25th, and Veit Harlan's Agafacolor film Immensee  just 41st.  (Box Office chart on pages 306–307 in Joseph Garncarz's book Begeisterte Zuschauer - Die Macht des Kinopublikums in der NS-Diktatur. )

We also have the Werberatschlag from Wien-Film from which the above synopsis was drawn. A following page shows both of our posters available for hire by cinema owners, as well as other smaller window posters and promotional materials, such as slides to advertise the film as a "Coming Attraction," and film photos.

 

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 Finally, we own the 24 page "Bild- und Text-information"  press-book on the film, published by Wien-Film, as well....

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