Guide to the East German poster collection film series, 1947-1995

East German poster C0208


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Repository: George Mason University. Libraries. Special Collections Research Center
Creator Hill, Thomas
Title: East German poster collection film series
Dates: 1947-1995
Quantity: 3,378 Posters
Abstract These posters document the cinematic heritage of the DDR and represent the films through both abstract works and interpretations of scenes from the films. The posters range in size from 21 x 57.5 cm to 84 x 59.5 cm. Although the posters date from 1947-1995, the majority fall between 1950 and 1990.
Identification: C0208
Language: German

Historical Information

The cinema of East Germany is strongly identified with the studio Deutsche Film-Aktiengesellschaft (DEFA) and the distributor Progress Film Vertrieb, which later became VEB Progress Film Vertrieb, and then Progress Film Verleih. The Soviet Military Administration created DEFA following the end of World War II and the establishment of the military districts that divided Germany. In 1949 the newly formed Deutsche Demokratische Republik (DDR) developed DEFA into a film studio with strict guidelines for creating works that favored socialist prospectives. Even though the strict rules on content limited the number of films created by DEFA, the number of films distributed by Progress Film Vertrieb increased as more and more cinemas opened. By the 1970s, Progress Film Vertrieb distributed films from 30 countries. In addition to distributing films to cinemas, Progress Film Vertrieb also sponsored film festivals.

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Scope and Content

These posters document the cinematic heritage of the DDR and represent the films through both abstract works and interpretations of scenes from the films. The posters range in size from 21 x 57.5 cm to 84 x 59.5 cm. Although the posters date from 1947-1995, the majority fall between 1950 and 1990. The collection includes a poster for the 1965 DEFA production of "The Rabbit is Me," which was banned by the DDR as anti-socialist. Another poster for "Your Unknown Brother," a film that was nominated for the Cannes Film Festival, was withdrawn by DDR officials. A poster for "Jacob the Liar," the first and only DDR film to be nominated for an Academy Award in 1975, was not released to the public until 1989. A significant portion of the posters are for films produced outside the former Eastern Bloc, but they often promote socialist concepts or have socialist undertones. For example, one of the posters advertises for "Trading Places," an American film about two wealthy capitalists manipulating the marketplace and their downfall arranged by a homeless black man and a white former employee of the capitalists. Most of the films from other countries are from the former Soviet Union and other Communist countries.

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Arrangement

The arrangement is by subject and a numbering system.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

There may be use restrictions.

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Related Material

Special Collections Research Center holds many other posters on the history of East Germany.

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Index Terms

Persons:

Baltzer, Hans
Bofinger, Manfred
Brandt, Gernot
Claus, Matthias
Ebel, Heinz
Ehbets, Christoph
Geffers, Kurt
Grüttner, Erhard
Grüttner, Roswitha
Handschick, Heinz
Heller, Bert
Klemke, Werner
Kummert, Otto, 1936-
Lauenroth, Ernst
Lenk, Eberhard
Müller, Rudolf Felix
Rosié, Paul, 1910-1984
Wendlandt, Lars
Wendt, Horst
Westphal, Fred
Wittkugel, Klaus, 1910-
Wongel, Gisela

Corporate Names:

DEFA.
Progress Film-Verleih.
Progress Film-Vertrieb. (Berlin, Germany)
Soveksportfil'm. (Firm)

Subjects:

Motion Pictures, American--Germany (East)--Posters
Motion Pictures, Australian--Germany (East)--Posters
Motion Pictures, Austrian--Germany (East)--Posters
Motion Pictures, Bulgarian--Germany (East)--Posters
Motion Pictures, Chinese--Germany (East)--Posters
Motion Pictures, Cuban--Germany (East)--Posters
Motion Pictures, Czechoslovakian--Germany (East)--Posters
Motion Pictures, East German--Germany (East)--Posters
Motion Pictures, French--Germany (East)--Posters
Motion Pictures, German--Germany (East)--Posters
Motion Pictures, Hungarian--Germany (East)--Posters
Motion Pictures, Italian--Germany (East)--Posters
Motion Pictures, Japanese--Germany (East)--Posters
Motion Pictures, North Korean--Germany (East)--Posters
Motion Pictures, Polish--Germany (East)--Posters
Motion Pictures, Romanian--Germany (East)--Posters
Motion Pictures, Soviet--Germany (East)--Posters
Motion Pictures, Spanish--Germany (East)--Posters
Motion Pictures, West German--Germany (East)--Posters
Motion Pictures, Yugoslavian--Germany (East)--Posters
Motion Pictures--Germany (East)--Posters

Document Types:

Motion picture posters.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

East German poster collection film series, Collection #0208, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries.

Acquisition Information

Purchased from Thomas Hill in 2009.

Processing Information

Processed by Sean Tennant and Alexa Potter in 2010-2011. EAD markup completed by Jordan Patty in 2011.

Processing supported by a grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources.

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Contents List

Series 2: Film Posters 1947-1995
Poster Inventory with Brief Descriptions
Sample images are also available. Please contact speccoll@gmu.edu for more information.
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