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Besatzung Dora (Air Crew Dora) DVD: Filmed on location in Paris, Dieppe, the Leningrad front, in North Africa and in Rome between July and December 1942, Besatzung Dora (Air Crew Dora) is the story of a survey plane in 1942 and its air crew. Considered a sequel to Stukas, with many of the same young actors cast. Led by Lt. Cranes (Hannes Stelzer), the Air Crew "Dora" suffers a crash landing, and after rescue its four crew travel to Berlin to take charge of their replacement aircraft. But the new plane will not be ready for eight days and in the meantime the men have official leave in Berlin with their girlfriends. Director Karl Ritter, who also wrote the script, wanted through frontline combat footage and a human interest story, to bind the war front and the home front together towards final victory. Filmed on location in Paris, Dieppe, the Leningrad front, in North Africa and in Rome between July and December 1942, Besatzung Dora was never seen by Third Reich audiences. Despite Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels finding the film "very attractive," the defeat of Nazi Germany at Battle of Stalingrad in late January 1943 meant Besatzung Dora could not fulfil its propaganda purpose. The Russian front, North Africa and the western front were by then no longer places of continuing German victory. Besatzung Dora was only shown to an invited Luftwaffe audience on 2 February 1945, shortly before the war's end. This IHF DVD marks the first commercial release of this highly sought after film. Directed by Karl Ritter, Music by Herbert Windt. Starring Hannes Stelzer, Hubert Kiurina, Ernst v. Klipstein, Georg Thomalla, Carsta Löck, Susi Graf, Charlotte Daudert. Germany, 1943, B&W, 91 Minutes, German dialogue with English subtitles. SALES AND DISTRIBUTION PROHIBITED IN GERMANY, FRANCE, ITALY AND AUSTRIA.
Karl Ritter – His Life and ‘Zeitfilms’ under National Socialism New 2nd Edition Book: 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. Karl Ritter's films for Goebbels were called 'cinematic tanks that belong to the advance guard on the propaganda front' by Germany's leading film magazine. In 1950 film historian John Altmann labelled Ritter 'the most irresponsible and dangerous filmmaker of the Third Reich.' Drawing on German archives, unpublished family diaries and five years of research, this hugely expanded 2nd edition book "Karl Ritter - His Life and 'Zeitfilms' under National Socialism" provides the reader with the first comprehensive study in English of Karl Ritter's fascinating life. As aviation pioneer, as WWI veteran, 1925 NSDAP 'Golden Party Badge' member, and as a WW2I Luftwaffe Major, Ritter was also one of the key film directors for the New Germany, producing Hitlerjunge Quex and later directing Stukas, GPU, Kadetten, Pour le Mérite and other major Third Reich propaganda films. At war's end, the Soviet Union demanded he stand trial as a war criminal for the 'poisoning of German youth' through his films. A chronology of his life and film work from Weimar silent films through to 1945 offers new insights heretofore unexamined, including in his own words, his dramatic 24 day escape from Red Army captivity across Partisan lines in May/June 1945. Also translated here for the first time are a speech on 'Zeitfilms and Contemporary History' given by Ritter to a 1936 film institute audience in Hamburg, the 1940 biographical sketch, and relevant entries in his diaries about Ritter by Dr. Joseph Goebbels. 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 never-before-seen private Ritter family sources.
"Painstaking research... a very interesting book." -The Historical Journal of Film, Radio & Television.
Author: William Gillespie. Australia, 2014, 2nd Edition, 275 pages, with 60 B&W photographs and 19 full-color film poster plates. 6x9 inches perfect bound soft cover book.