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over 500  German film

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1927–1954  from

Germany and from

many 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.)


Dateline: 18 October 2021 –   WHAT WE HAVE FOR SALE AT THIS TIME   (scroll below for  all  item descriptions, pricing,  and 'ADD TO CART'  buttons):.


1. The stunningly beautiful poster for the Uƒa film, ...reitet für Deutschland / ... riding for Germany  (1941), starring Willy Birgel. This is a full–sized "A0" poster (1.1 meters x .85 meters/47  inches x 33 inches), and in very good overall condition. It has been mounted on linen to smooth out all fold lines and to protect it; and is one of the nicest–looking posters we have ever offered. Read more about it by scrolling down below.  S O R R Y --  S O L D !! 

2. Original Italian 'Fotobusta' sized poster for In the Red Hell  (Carmen fra i Rossi, 1939/1940). The film was recently released on DVD with English subtitles by International Historic Films in Chicago, USA.

3.  A Manhattan, New York City ultra-rare cinema ticket for the German cinema in Yorkville presenting the early Nazi propaganda film, SA Mann Brand, in 1934.  

4. A super–rare original 1933 2-sided text-only poster for the feature film on the famous WWI battle Douaumont, and on the other side of the sheet, the notorious Nazi propaganda film Blutendes Deutschland, a film which only exists today in a 16 minute fragment. The poster is 43 x 63 cm large, with tears and holes as per the photos, but an important piece of German film history!

5. Two ultra-rare original lobby cards for the banned 1943 Karl Ritter Luftwaffe film BESATZUNG DORA, plus the original Dora press-book, the original cinema brochure, the "Aktuelle Filmbücher"  booklet on Karl Ritter, AND a copy of our own The Making of the Crew of the Dora, 319 page book, all inclusive in this price, with worldwide postage included too.

6. Two ultra-scarce original lobby cards for the 1936 Karl Ritter spy thriller, Verräter/The Traitor. These are the first lobby cards we have seen for sale in decades. Also included in the price is the hard-to-find 4-page brochure from the  NSDAP's Gaufilmstelle  regional film distribution network, promoting the film, and worldwide postage included in the price.

7./8.  Two of our older books still in print, Karl Ritter – His Life and 'Zeitfilms' under National Socialism (2nd expanded edition, ©2014) –and–  The Making of The Crew of the Dora (on the banned film Besatzung Dora,1943.) Priced at €20 (ca. AUD $30) each, postpaid Australia-wide.

9. Our new book Legion Condor – Karl Ritter's lost 1939 feature film is available  below. NOW SHIPPING!  Be amongst the first to have this fascinating and informative book –  a true piece of unknown film history. Priced at €20 (ca. AUD $30) each,  postpaid Australia-wide. 

10. The LAST EVER remaining  brand new copies of our 2007  long out-of-print book, FILM POSTERS OF THE THIRD REICH, available to Australian addresses only at ca. AUD$37 ppd (listed at €22 as all our listings are paid for in Euros via Paypal or your credit card.)


11. It is expensive to maintain and expand this website in terms of hosting server costs, security/SSL certification annually, and adding more "GB" memory to the site. You can purchase a THANK YOU FROM GERMAN FILMS DOT NET message for €10 and 100%  of your purchase  price will go towards this website maintenance in 2021. THANK YOU. You can find this product listed at the very bottom of this page with a ORDER button to add it to your Cart.


ALTHOUGH we do not sell on ebay platforms any longer, we have had over 2400 transactions on eBay since April 1999, with a 100% "Positive" perfect score. We sell now on our own website here, and you can find everything that we do sell below. We keep this listing up-to-date.


The item(s) you buy will of course not have the www.germanfilms.net watermark on it. WORLDWIDE SHIPPING (REGISTERED/ AIRMAIL) FOR ALL ITEMS  IS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE. Please note that the actual value will be declared on the Customs form to ensure that a full refund is available if the poster is lost en route. The buyer is responsible for all import and/or other duties into their resident country.


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The original deluxe 24-page world premiere presentation program with golden tassel for the notorious anti–Polish film Heimkehr by Gustav Ucicky for the film's premiere in Scala Theatre (cinema) in Vienna, attended by Reichsstatthalter Baldur von Schirach and a short concert by the Vienna Philharmonic orchestra (which also performed the film's soundtrack.)   S O L D !!

Poster  ...reitet für Deutschland (1941 propaganda film) original Geman Uƒa poster, large "A0" size, excellent overall condition, already linen-mounted (ca.$250 cost if you did it later...) €1,080 ppd. worldwide.  S O L D ! 

Poster    In the Red Hell /Carmen fra i Rossi  (Fascist Italy, 1939) , the rare Fotobusta cardboard poster with the key scene in the film depicted.

Poster   Blutendes Deutschland/Douaumont (2-sided poster sheet from 1933 advertising both the lost early Nazi propaganda film Bleeding Germany as well as the feature Douaumont film on the famous WWI battle.

Ultra rare SA MANN BRAND cinema ticket from a US Manhattan movie theatre in 1934!

Book:  Legion Condor – Karl Ritter's lost 1939 feature film –  ORDER BELOW !

Book:  Karl Ritter – His Life & 'Zeitfilms' under National Socialism expanded 2nd edition. ORDER BELOW!

Book:  The Making of The Crew of the Dora  (Besatzung Dora,  forbidden 1943) !!! ORDER BELOW!


LOOK!!!!   WWII Occupied Belgian  super–rare Hitlerjunge Quex original poster for sale!  €980,- ppd.   Too late -- it was traded!

Hans Albers poster Flüchtlinge (1933) Beautiful small A3 original poster for sale €125- ppd. S O L D!!

Veit Harlan's Der Große König film original Press–book -- 60 pages long with over 50 photos and sketches €90- ppd. SOLD!

Wow!    Jud Süss original 1940 French press–book (Le juif Suss)  €998,– SOLD!

Poster: Blutendes Deutschland (1933,  33 cm x 46 cm in size) poster  €898 including the film's rare "Illustrierter Film–Kurier" 8 page cinema program.    SOLD!

Publication: Der Film als politisches Machtmittel  (1933) by Dr. Hans Traub, €48. SOLD!

Poster:  The stunningly beautiful Prussian military film poster for  the  Die Affäre Rödern (1944, AO) €480- SOLD!

Karl Ritter extremely rare original autographed photo  €375,  SOLD!

Hitlerjunge Quex first 1933 Uƒa film studio announcement brochure + exceedingly rare eight page Hitler Youth newspaper Opfergeist (Spirit of Sacrifice) published by Uƒa for the HJ to promote the film acrss the Reich.  SOLD!

 An original Leni Riefenstahl   O L Y M P I A   lobby card and the 64 page Reich Propaganda Ministry booklet on the film of the notorious Berlin 1936 Olympic Games -- hailed as the best sports flm ever made.  SOLD!

*** WOW!   International Registered Airmail  postage included in the price. ***

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BESATZUNG DORA Lot -2 lobby cards, press-book, cinema program + 319 pg.book!


BESATZUNG DORA  (1943) amazing

photo/press-book/cinema program

Lot !!


Ultra–rare Lot of promotional materials for this banned 1943 Luftwaffe war feature film!


This offer includes:


1. two ultra-rare original Ufa lobby cards for the film -- see description below.

2. the impossible-to-find original Ufa 20 page press-book for the film.

3. the rare "Das Programm von Heute" 2-sided tri-fold cinema program for the film, with many film images.

4. the  rare 24 page "Aktuelle Filmbücher" booklet on Karl Ritter published in 1938 in Nazi Germany.

5. the 319 page English language book The Making of The Crew of the Dora, which includes translations of press materials on the film.  See description below.

6. postage paid, worldwide.


Description: 2 ultra–rare lobby cards for Karl Ritter's banned 1943 Luftwaffe Air Reconnaisance film.


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These two high-resolution, high quality, double-weight photographic paper film lobby cards issued by the famous Ufa film studio in 1943 were meant to promote the latest Karl Ritter war film. (On this webpage their resolution has been severely compromised. They are razor-sharp photos printed from sheet film negatives.)















The Crew of the Dora (1943) was the Third Reich’s last contemporary major combat feature film, written, produced and directed by the highly successful Ufa film studio’s Karl Ritter (1888–1977). From producing Hitlerjunge Quex to his own Pour le Mérite, Ritter’s hard–hitting propaganda films had broken box office records and generated huge profits for Ufa. His anti–Communist films about the Spanish Civil War and the Soviet GPU earned him charges of war crimes by the USSR in 1945.


Besatzung Dora was Ritter’s most ambitious and challenging effort. The script called for a story line on all three German war fronts simultaneously: the Western Front in France, on the Eastern Front in the Soviet Union, as well as on the North African Front. If that was not complicated enough, the film uniquely was to be filmed entirely on location with no studio shots. This meant putting the cast and crew in harm’s way on active war fronts in the middle of World War II for weeks at a time – a danger no other feature film took on, and one limited otherwise to the Deutsche Wochenschau cameramen and their Propaganda Companies.


Original photographs promoting this film are exceedingly rare. The film was banned in mid–1943 and never shown in the Third Reich. 


These two lobby cards are slightly trimmed, so that their white borders were carefully cut back (we presume to allow them to be slipped into standard photo album leafs...). But the photos are fully intact otherwise, and both have the swastika censorship office (Reichsfilmprüfstelle) rubber stamping printed on them, as was obligatory for each and every lobby card publicly circulated in the Reich.


The two scenes are key scenes in the film. The first shows the characters Mathilda Krusche and her fiancé Unteroffizier Fritz Mott seated at the roof-top restaurant of the famed Berolina on Alexanderplatz, Berlin. It was this scene which helped force the film's ban, because the lovers discuss relocating to an estate "in the East"  after final victory (i.e.the former USSR).  Such a hope was of course impossible after the Battle of Stalingrad.  The second scene is that of the character Hauptmann Kurt Gillhausen ( Captain of the Dora's crew) being visited bedside in the Wannsee Military Hospital by Dr. Marianne Güldner – they fall in love whilst Krane is convalescing after a crash landing of his Ju88 Air Reconn plane.



The 319 page book, THE MAKING OF THE CREW OF THE DORA by William Gillespie, is included in the price of this eBay listing.  This is the perfect complement to the two lobby cards! The Index to the book is shown in the last two images in this listing.



This book provides 120 pages of Ritter’s heretofore unpublished diaries, following the conception, writing, production, filming and censorship of the film between May 1942 and March 1943. For the first time in Third Reich Cinema literature, a book brings an insider’s perspective to working within the dictatorship for Joseph Goebbels, the Propaganda Ministry, the Reichsfilmintendanz, the OKW, and others who approved, then rejected, re–approved, supported, and in the end, banned the film from cinemas altogether.  With over 60 photographs, maps, sketches, and illustrations – many previously unpublished – The Making of The Crew of the Dora is an essential read for anyone interested in Nazi filmmaking.



ISBN # 0–9808612–3–3.  /.German Films Dot Net   


NOTE: The two lobby cards, the press-book, the "Das Programm von Heute" tri-fold cinema brochure, and the Karl Ritter biographical film booklet will be shipped in a sturdy cardboard mailer as Registered Airmail from Australia.


The book shall be shipped separately, from the USA.  The shipments will undoubtedly arrive at different times, never mind with the on-going international postal disruptions.  The book weighs over 1 lb. / 520 grams so will be sent by the prevailing postal service available to your country. Any import duties are your responsibility.  The book has a RRP of US$29.95 plus postage. The postage of the book internationally and the photos posted from Australia will exceed $50, plus eBay listing fees and Paypal fees.  This combo offer is therefore a good value for any collector of materials about this film.



For the true Collector, this is a ready–made BESATZUNG DORA Lot of extremely rare original Ufa studio materials published weeks before the film was suddenly banned from cinemas in mid–1943.  The Karl Ritter biographical booklet (Aktuelle Filmbücher) was printed five years earlier, in 1938, and provides a detailed account of his life as a WWI soldier who survived the horrors of Verdun and other major battles and the chaos and despair of the Weimar years until Germany emerged into a new era. Ritter's film-making was immensely aided by his personal experiences as a WWI soldier, and  as a pilot, and in the Second World War, as a Luftwaffe Major.


Postage paid - worldwide.



In the Red Hell / Carmen fra i Rossi / Frente de Madrid Fotobusta FOR SALE


This original 1939 Italian "Fotobusta" for the Neville Spanish Civil War thriller IN THE RED HELL is for sale. It measures ca. 35 x 50 cm, or 14 x 20 inches, printed on cardboard. There are two small puncture holes, one located in the trousers of Alfredo, the other towards the bottom of the Fotobusta (see close-ups.) 




We had asked an Italian poster dealer we know to try to find a Fotobusta of the film three years ago, and eventually we found the one in our Collection on our own. The dealer recently reported that he had finally found us a Fotobusta at some expense, because they are so rare and that nobody had one, so that he had to trade for it. Given that we had asked him to find one, we felt a professional need to purchase it, although it was the same one we own -- with the most famous scene from the film depicted!  In light of the recent release of the film by International Historic Films on DVD, we are pleased to offer this very rare second original copy for sale. The price includes worldwide shipping.


VERRÄTER / THE TRAITOR  top Third Reich espionage propaganda film - 2 lobby cards



Reich espionage propaganda film.


This offer includes 3 original items:

-- 2 original lobby cards -- very rare!!

-- the Gaufilmstelle 4 page brochure promoting the film! 

--worldwide shipping.




BELOW: The back side of one of the two lobby cards with the film title rubber-stamped on by Ufa studio. Both lobby cards have the rubber-stamp.VERRÄTER-back-600.jpg

Two exceptionally rare original Ufa film studio 21 cm x 29 cm lobby cards printed on double–weight photographic paper for the Ritter film. These are the first lobby cards from this film which we have seen in decades. Please read the essay below to gain an appreciation of the film and it's role in boosting Karl Ritter's career into becoming one of the most important and successful of the Third Reich's film directors.  

BONUS!!! Also included, the 4 page "Gaufilmstelle" (District Film Office Network) brochure promoting the film !
This brochure is hard-to-find and a great complementary piece to own along with these two rare film stills!



VERRÄTER starred:

Lída Baarová as Marion
Willy Birgel as Agent Morris
Irene von Meyendorff as Hilde Körner
Theodor Loos as Dr. Auer
Rudolf Fernau as Fritz Brockau
Herbert A.E. Böhme as Agent Schultz
amongst others. ( Lida Baarová was by this time the lover of Propaganda Minister Dr. Joseph Goebbels, and also starred in Ritter's PATRIOTEN/PATRIOTS, produced the following year, which won a Gold medal at the Paris World Exhibition. )

Important Note: As the lobby cards are slightly larger in dimension that the A4 scanner used for this listing, the white border on all four sides of the photographs is only able to be shown here on the two horizontal edges. The photographs have a traditional white border around all four sides. The resolution on the photos is excellent, printed from sheet film negatives, but here on this webpage the resolution has been severely compromised to allow faster loading of the page.

Final Note: both lobby cards and the Gaufilmstelle brochure shown in the listing are included in this price, postpaid.

Verräter (The Traitor, 1936)  –  The Gestapo and Abwehr as Heroes

Film director Karl Ritter (1888–1977) is universally condemned by post–WWII film historians for his militaristic, chauvinistic, and unwavering propaganda films which glorified war, aggression, and ‘senseless self–sacrifice.’ His films utilized anti–democratic, anti–Semitic and anti–communist ideological themes epitomizing the stereotypical Nazi warrior, and promoted a Greater Germany against all enemies of the Reich.  At war’s end, the Soviets demanded that he be tried for war crimes for ‘the systematic poisoning of German youth.’
In Ritter’s Traitor (Verräter, 1936) a complex British spy network fans across the Reich,  infiltrating the Heinkel aircraft factory to steal plans, if not an actual new bomber in peacetime Germany. Other spies try to obtain blueprints for a new tank, and a third agent information on Berlin's waterworks. Ritter had received a commission from Admiral Canaris, the head of Nazi Germany’s military intelligence service the Abwehr, to make this film; which for the first time since 1933 showed audiences scenes with the Third Reich’s Wehrmacht, air fleet, navy, secret police and intelligence services in a feature film.   

It is one of the most suspenseful, fast–paced and dramatic of the Zeitfilms Ritter produced, with a top cast. Verräter was the special screening on 9 September 1936 at the Nürnberg Party Congress, and six days later premiered in Berlin at the prestigious Ufa Palast am Zoo. It was Germany’s main entry at that year’s Venice Film Festival, and won a special commendation for “excellent achievement” there.

The Traitor boosted Karl Ritter’s reputation as one of Nazi Germany’s most successful filmmakers, and other major successes with Patriots, Operation Michael, Leave on Word of Honor, Pour le Mérite quickly followed over the next two years. The film was eventually distributed in the USA in 1941 and had relatively positive reviews from Variety and The New York Times, given that it was Nazi propaganda.  On 22 November ’36, the New York Times reviewer, Claire Trask, wrote: ‘When a film has the power of so strongly projecting its ideas or tendencies that they influence the minds of those who view it, it can safely be said to be a film of exceptional force. And such a film is "Verraeter" (Traitor), the Ufa picture which had its première last month at the Reich's Party Day at Nuremberg, the only film selected for the "cultural section of the party program." The Bavarian panegyrics shook Berlin into eager expectancy and the equally overwhelming public success of the picture here proves them justified.’
Ritter, in a public speech given in Hamburg at the time, recalled:

[Traitor] was premiered not in Germany, but rather in Venice. I had such fear about it that I did not go there, as I could not imagine that this sort of film about German interests and German educational ideas would find approval there. Everywhere shots of the Führer, von Blomberg, German destroyers, airplanes! Eyewitnesses reported that it was the first film where nobody left early, that everyone was glued to their seats, and that everyone was so completely quiet, and then so applauded. The interest was enormous. It was singled out with a medal – a sign that we have taken the right path...."

A 32 page study guide for high schools was published by the Propaganda Ministry, and the film was also taken up by the German High Command for Wehrmacht training in November 1936. The Gaufilmstelle regional film distribution network also showed the film in many heavy industry (rearmament) factories under their “Education and Instruction for Company Workers” program, to warn workers about espionage.
The Traitor in the film title refers to the German civilian who dies on the scaffold for betraying his country, not to the foreign agents who are enemies of the Reich.
--- William Gillespie, author of Karl Ritter –His Life and 'Zeitfilms' under National Socialism, 2nd edition  ©2014, The Making of 'The Crew of the Dora' [Ritter's Besatzung Dora film]  ©2016; and Legion Condor – Karl Ritter's lost 1939 feature film. ©2019.  





Nur-Text-Plakat / Text-only Poster von/from 1933.

Große/Size:  43 cm X 63 cm  - ca. 17 inches x 25 inches

Zwei-seitig / Two-sided.

Zustand wie gezeigt / Condition as shown.

International Express Post Porto weltweit eingeschlossen / Worldwide Express Postage included in price.




"SA MANN BRAND" rare 1934 Manhattan cinema ticket


This is an extremely rare cinema ticket, valid for any one of the five scheduled screenings of the NSDAP Sturmabteilung feature film, SA MANN BRAND, for 29 May 1934 at the Yorkville Theatre in Manhattan's main German immigrant neighbourhood.

In February 1934 the Jewish Daily Bulletin newspaper in Manhattan reported that the Bavaria Film representative, a Charles B. Herrlitz, had been forced to close his office at 489 Fifth Ave. because his Jewish landlord discovered that Herrlitz was promoting the "anti–Jewish" film.  We reproduce the article,  which appeared on the front page of the newspaper on Feb. 15, 1934:


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Herrlitz must have persisted in his distribution efforts as the film then was screened daily in the German Yorkville area of Manhattan Island three months later......


The review of the film by  The New York Times :


May 28, 1934   The New York Times

The first outspoken Nazi propaganda film has arrived in New York carrying the title "S. A. Mann Brand" ("Storm Trooper Brand"). It is being shown at the Yorkville Theatre and its "plot" is so simple that even persons understanding no German have no difficulty in following the adventures of the young truck driver (Herr Klingenberg), who is supposed to epitomize in his likable person the hopeful, fighting spirit of the millions of young Germans rallied to the standard of Adolf Hitler.In contradistinction to the later Nazi picture "Hans Westmar," which had its first public showing in December, "S. A. Mann Brand," dated June, 1933, has no anti-Semitic bias, but concentrates its animus upon the German Communists and their Moscow guides. Just as the earlier Soviet Russian motion pictures painted their enemies all black, so this Nazi effort represents the Reds as the vilest of the vile. Even the Communist girl (Vera Liessem), who is in love with the hero and who helps him double-cross the "Moscow agent" (Max Weydner) is treated none too gently by the director, although in the end, after the Hitler victory at the polls on March 5, 1933, the spectators may guess that she has been converted to the "true faith."Perhaps because the "coordination" and "liquidation" of the anti-Nazi elements in Germany had not been completed when this film was turned out, the Social Democratic father (Otto Wernicke) of Brand is depicted as not such a bad type, although deluded by Marxism, and he, too, finally votes for Hitler. Naturally, the "Soviet agent" is placed under arrest and the audience may imagine what is going to happen to him.From the technical standpoint "S. A. Mann Brand" is one of the best pictures made in Germany. Although most of the actors are unknown to frequenters of German cinema houses here, their work is uniformly excellent. Many of the scenes are really thrilling.

A Nazi Film.

S. A. MANN BRAND, a German dialogue film, with Heinz Klingenberg, Vera Liessem, Otto Wernicke, Elise Aulinger, Rolf Wenkhaus, Hedde Lembach, Josef Stoeckel, Helma Rueckert, Max Weydner and Manfred Koempel-Pilot; directed by Franz Seitz; a Bavarian Film Company production. At the Yorkville Theatre.



The Yorkville Theater screened imported Third Reich German feature films and documentaries for the German–speaking population of New York City until war between the USA and Reich was declared in December 1941.

SA MANN BRAND was the first of the three "Movement" films DSC00073.jpegportraying the  very bloody 'Kampfzeit' of the Nazi Party during the Weimar years leading up to Hitler's assumption of power.  The other two, of course being HANS WESTMAR and  HITLERJUNGE QUEX. 

We own both of the original posters for this film. One of them is shown here (and both are to be found in our Poster Gallery. Poster not included in this sale!)





The cinema ticket measures a large 15 cm X 8 cm (6 inches X 3 1/2 inches) and is printed on heavy cardboard. The back side of the ticket has a shopping list of grocery items someone made in with pencil and fountain pen.  Note that the text is written in German, not English.


Worldwide airmail shipping and Paypal/credit card fees are also included in this price.





Film Posters of the Third Reich (Book)


(Book) –– This is not a poster.


Film Posters of the Third Reich  


by William Gillespie and Joel Nelson (Author), J. Nelson (Illustrator)



Films produced by Nazi Germany remain one of the great taboos of modern times. As one prominent film historian put it, these films are the unreconciled legacies of the Third Reich. Of the 1,094 German feature films produced between 1933-1945 fewer than ten percent are today available on DVD or VHS commercially- mostly innocuous comedies, musicals, and entertainment films produced to provide escapism to the German population during the six years of war. Students of film history today cannot access Third Reich films and these motion pictures remain an enigma to all but the most persistent collectors and students. Even rarer than the films themselves are the original posters which heralded the films in cinemas across Greater Germany before and during World War Two. Most posters were simply discarded after the film’s run or later destroyed in the firestorms caused by Allied bombings or Red Army occupation. If the posters survived the war, they were often burned as propaganda, perhaps as fuel, or left to rot. Today, those remaining copies are hidden away in national archives, as inaccessible as the films they represent -- an uncomfortable remnant of a terrible era.

This book is the first-ever to reproduce in full color over 50 posters which are the rarest of the rare - those designed to promote the most infamous and notorious propaganda films produced by Dr Goebbels. Many of these posters have never been reproduced in color after 1945 until now, and many are the only examples known to exist. They are drawn from the private collections of the two authors after forty years of collecting. The book also provides first-time English translations of articles about film posters, design, censorship and promotion from the official Reich Film Chamber s own publication, Der Deutsche Film (1936-1943) and allows the reader to understand how film was promoted throughout the Third Reich in a cinema empire across occupied Europe that by 1943 eclipsed that of Hollywood.

This book is the standard reference work on Third Reich film posters. Limited edition. "Limpbound binding". Beautiful high quality book destined to be a collectors item!




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Note: The book is 140 pages long, and besides the text contains 52 full page color posters/91 color photos and 45 B&W photos (mostly posters.) 


This book is the first and only book ever published completely devoted to Third Reich film posters! It is out-of-print and cannot be reprinted. Act now!

This book was published in 2007 and was out-of-print within a few years' time.  There are 4 Customer views on Amazon and the book is rated 4.6 stars out of 5 stars. Some used copies are occasionally listed on Amazon or elsewhere for US$29.95 – $50.00, plus postage from the USA. The book weighs 745 grams. Postage from America  to Australia is high, now that international shipments of books is no longer discounted with the old US "Book Rate."

As one of the co-authors of the book, I had the last 12 brand new copies of the book as shipped to me in 2007 by the printer. I now have five copies left to list here until they are all gone.

The books are located in NSW, so you benefit from a relatively low Aussie Post postage rate of $12.20. The postage is included in this fixed price of €22, which is ca. AUD$37 ppd.  Once these copies are sold, there will never be any further new old stock. The book was published with the licensing of poster images from the German authorities and explicitly the book print-run was limited to 1,000 copies without any further reprinting allowed.

This offer is valid only for books purchased for shipment addresses within Australia. No foreign sales.

AUTOGRAPHED COPY ?  If you would like to have your copy autographed by William Gillespie, one of the two co-authors, please let us know with your order, and if there is a personal inscription to someone to whom you are giving the book as a gift.








LEGION CONDOR – Karl Ritter's lost 1939 feature film



€20 postpaid to Australian addresses only. All other countries please order from International Historic Films, Chicago, IL. USA.

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LEGION CONDOR – Karl Ritter's lost 1939 feature film

by William Gillespie ©2019 All rights reserved.

Karl Ritter (1888–1977) produced and directed some of the Third Reich’s most famous, popular and hard–hitting feature films. Having produced Hans Steinhoff’s Hitlerjunge Quex, his own WWI trilogy of Patriots, Operation Michael and Leave on Word of Honor made his reputation at the celebrated Ufa film studios. The huge popular and financial success of Pour le Mérite (premiered December 1938) prompted him to conceive of a sequel in early 1939. Whereas the story told in Pour le Mérite ended with the re–birth of a modern German air force in 1935, the second film was to show the Luftwaffe in victorious battle as the ‘Legion Condor’ in Spain. Ritter’s script drew on his experiences filming In the Battle Against the World Enemy in Spain a few months earlier, and on his extensive personal diaries from this time. The production of Legion Condor called on huge resources with sixty characters, hundreds of extras, tanks, and with aircraft provided by the Luftwaffe. Military Advisor to the film was General der Flieger Helmuth Wilberg, who had overseen the deployment of the Condor Legion in Spain and who was a top strategist behind Blitzkrieg. The lead actors in Pour le Mérite were contracted. The film script had 167 Scenes and 527 camera shots, promising a major two hour¬ long feature film. Filming was abandoned in late August 1939 on direct orders from Hermann Göring and Dr. Joseph Goebbels – collateral damage to the infamous Hitler–Stalin Pact. The script of Legion Condor was presumed lost until the Author discovered a copy in a used bookstore in Berlin in June 2018. Exclusive access to the film script and to Karl Ritter’s unpublished diary, courtesy of Ritter’s grandson, provides readers with the true story of Legion Condor for the first time. 244 pages, with 42 photographs and illustrations, including 4 color plates. ISBN # 978–0–980816–6–6 German Films Dot Net.

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The Making of The Crew of the Dora


The Making of The Crew of the Dora

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For the first time in Third Reich Cinema literature, a book brings an insider’s perspective to working within the dictatorship for Joseph Goebbels’ Propaganda Ministry, the Reichsfilmintendanz, the OKW, and Ufa, who approved, then rejected, re–approved, supported, and in the end, banned The Crew of the Dora from cinemas altogether. The Crew of the Dora (1943) was the Third Reich’s last contemporary combat feature film, written, produced and directed by the Ufa film studio’s highly successful Karl Ritter (1888–1977). From producing Steinhoff’s Hitlerjunge Quex to his own Pour le Mérite, Ritter’s hard–hitting propaganda films had broken box office records and generated huge profits for Ufa. Stalin’s USSR demanded he stand trial for war crimes in 1945 for Quex, Über alles in der Welt, Kadetten, and his anti–Communist films about the Spanish Civil War and the Soviet GPU.

Dora was Ritter’s most ambitious and challenging effort. The script called for a story line on all three German war fronts simultaneously: the Western Front in France, the Eastern Front in the Soviet Union, as well as on the North African Front. If that was not complicated enough, the film uniquely was to be filmed entirely on location with no studio shots. This meant putting the cast and crew in harm’s way on active war fronts in the middle of World War II for months at a time – a danger no other feature film took on, and one limited otherwise to the brave Deutsche Wochenschau cameramen and their Propaganda Companies. This book provides 120 pages of transcribed excerpts from Ritter’s heretofore–unpublished diaries, following the conception, writing, production, filming and censorship of the film between May 1942 and March 1943. With 90 photographs, maps, sketches, and illustrations – many previously unpublished –The Making of The Crew of the Dora is an essential read for anyone interested in Nazi filmmaking. 320 pages, 90 photos & illustrations, Perfect–bound trade paperback. By William Gilleapie, author of Karl Ritter – His Life and ‘Zeitfilms’ Under National Socialism (2nd edition, 2014).

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German film director Karl Ritter (1888 – 1977) scripted, assisted, produced or directed 97 movies and film projects between 1927 and 1945 but his work is known today only to historians and students of National Socialist film. A pamphlet written in 1940 Berlin was the sole  biographical sketch on Ritter ever published.

Yet Ritter was the prototype fascist film director who more than any other director in the Third Reich worked tirelessly for the Nazi ideological cause. Ritter first heard Hitler speak in Munich in 1920, knew him personally from 1923, and joined the NSDAP in 1925.  His creative skills as a soldier, aviation pioneer, technician, graphic artist and film director came to the fore in 1933 when the  Ufa film studio gave him his own production company to make films for the New Germany.  His films for Goebbels were called ‘cinematic tanks that belong to the advance guard on the propaganda front’  by the Reichsfilmkammer’s own  magazine. Film historian John Altmann labelled Ritter ‘the most  irresponsible and dangerous filmmaker of the Third Reich.‘

His WWI trilogy of  Patrioten, Unternehmen Michael and Urlaub auf Ehrenwort  made him one of Germany’s leading film directors in the late 1930’s, and his anti-Bolshevik films Hitlerjunge Quex, Über alles in der Welt, Kadetten and GPU  prompted the Soviets to  demand that he stand trial in 1945 for war crimes. His films are still taboo in Germany and Austria to this day.

Karl Ritter – His Life and ‘Zeitfilms’ under National Socialism provides the first study in English which draws on both German film archives and unpublished sources to present Karl Ritter to a new audience.  A chronology of his life and film work from Weimar silent films through to the collapse of the Third Reich  provides new insights heretofore unexamined.

Translated here for the first time are a 1940 biographical sketch, a 1936 speech on ‘Zeitfilms and Contemporary History’ given by Ritter to a film institute audience in Hamburg, and all the entries in his diaries about Ritter by Dr Joseph Goebbels. Ritter’s dramatic escape from Soviet captivity in May 1945 is told in his own words for the first time.  Rare full color reproductions of original posters of Ritter’s most famous films are included, as well as B&W illustrations drawn from Third Reich and Ritter family sources.

Published by German Films Dot Net.

"Painstaking research…. a very interesting book….presents future scholars with a compilation of (very) rare documents by/about Ritter…. " ––  Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television,  –– Vol.33 #2, June 2013.

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NOTE:  You will receive the  hugely expanded 2nd edition, which has  295 pages ( xxii, 253, plus 20 fuill colour poster plate pages ) and is the most extensive material on Karl Ritter ever published.  Autographed by the Author on request.

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