" Some of our favourite things......"
Over the decades we have collected German film ephemera outside of the actual film posters shown in our Poster Gallery.
Below we present a selection of rare, unique, and some one-in-the-world items that cannot be found elsewhere, which we have in The Gillespie Collection...
The only known film script for Karl Ritter's Legion Condor, and Werner Krauss' own annotated film script for Jud Süß;
The cinema owner's guide /Werberatschlag for Hitlerjunge Quex, and the complete run of 82 issues of the Reichfilmkammer's Der Deutsche Film magazine (1936–1943).
The Reich Film Censorship Office's censorship card for S.A.Mann Brand, and the 1936 Yearbook for German Film Advertising,
The original watercolour, by acclaimed French poster graphic artist René Peron, used for the huge 240 cm X 160 cm French Ohm Krüger outdoor film poster, and the Ufa film studio's 800 gram silver shot glass souvenir given to leading cast members of Karl Ritter's Pour le Mérite, in the original presentation box.
The family register book (Stammbuch) of actor Hannes Stelzer (1910–1944), whose page on this website is here.
An original signed 21 page document signed by film director Veit Harlan in May 1945, entitled "Wie ich Zum Nationalsozialismus stand." ("How I felt about National Socialism" ). Sixty mimeographed copies were printed by Harlan in the dying days of WWII for critics and friends both inside the ruined Reich and overseas. Only a handful of the copies have survived, and ours is quite likely the only one in private hands. This document was the film director's first–ever attempt at explaining his and his wife's work on the Terra Filmkunst's Jud Süß.
Our autographed copy of Leni Riefenstahl's Memoirs, and our complete 1943–1944 run of the Ufa film studio's Feldpost publication for employees serving in the armed forces....
An Imperial Japan postcard advertising Hans Steinhoff's Ohm Krüger.
The Japanese title for the film was "Sekai ni Tsugi" or "Telling the World".... The card is shown below, and the rough translation reads as follows:
"Having a look at incomparable inhuman tactics done by the British Army in Boer, South Africa, described in this film, we must be more determined than ever never to cease attacking the US and UK. "
"The Boer War. This was a brutal war for the purpose of ethnic cleansing. An unforgivable criminal war. Now we must look at Britain's detestable brutal acts recorded in the World War history. "
"Cinematography: Fritz Arno Wagner. Directed by Hans Steinhoff. Starring Emil Jannings. "General release: 2 Sept." "Germany. Tobis' large-scale film. Distribution in Japan by Gaikoku Eiga (Foreign Films) Co; Ltd."
A photograph of the the WWI era Fokker 3-Decker plane built for the Karl Ritter film production of Pour le Mérite, who presented this framed and autographed photograph as a thank–you memento to the aircraft company.
An Ufa flower vase, manufactured by the famed Rosenthal ceramics factory in 1941, which was given to industry that had commercial cinema advertising produced for them by the Ufa studios.