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"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. 

The review of the film by  The New York Times :

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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.

 

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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.)

 

 

 

 

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.

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We will also include a complete, albeit hole–punched and creased,  8 page cinema program for the film, printed in Germany in 1933, the 'Illustrierte Film–Kurier' program. Worldwide airmail shipping  and Paypal/credit card fees are also included in this price.

 

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Year
1933
 
Director
Seitz
 
Country
Germany