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Compiled as a tool for re-educating the population of the three western zones of Occupation, this catalog lists 395 features, feature-length documentaries, and short films that were forbidden for public exhibition. The Zonal Film Archives originally held some 3200 feature titles and 2500 short titles. After viewing, those found to be harmless were returned to their owners, leaving the forbidden films documented in this catalog.

Each film entry gives credits (year, production, director, cast) together with an evaluation of the content. The films are listed in two sections: first, feature/feature-length documentaries and, second, shorts. They are further subdivided according to character and purpose (anti-American propaganda, or Nazi architectural propaganda, for example). There is a complete index of film titles and a list of all films produced in Germany between 1933 and 1945 by the Propaganda Ministry. An extensive introduction by noted historian K. R. M. Short places the work and a selection of related documents in full historical perspective. This catalog is a pivotal document for understanding the policies used to reconstruct and re-educate Germany between 1945 and 1951. As such it is invaluable to historians of Nazi and post-war Germany.

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Editorial Reviews

The 1951 original edition was scanned into a computer and reprinted, creating a work that combines the fidelity of a facsimile with the printing and layout technology of a new edition. It cites and often describes, summarizes, and evaluates a selection of films that were made in Germany 1933-45, confiscated by the British after the war, banned because of their Nazi propaganda, and lodged in the Imperial War Museum. Includes a new introduction, an index of English translations of film titles, and several related documents. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313301063
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/30/1996
  • Pages: 242
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

JOHN F. KELSON served as Director of Censorship and Research when he was responsible for the viewing, description, and assessment of all films included in the Catalogue.

K.R.M. SHORT is Professor of Communication, Adjunct Professor of History, and formerly Director of the School of Communication at the University of Houston.

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Publisher's Note

British Film Policy and the Re-Education of Germany: 1945-51: The Catalogue of Forbidden German Feature and Short Film Productions by K.R.M. Short

Catalogue of Forbidden German Feature and Short Film Productions held in Zonal Film Archives of Film Section, Information Services Division, Control Commission for Germany

Index of English Film Titles

Addendum to Section 31--"Forbidden by Selbstkontrolle": Liebelei (1933)

Appendix A: Documents Setting Out Legal Basis for British Film Policy

Appendix B: John F. Kelson to Office of the Chief, Information Services Division, 15 February 1952. Covering Letter on Subject of Forbidden Films

Appendix C: Film Echo 30 (28 July 1951). By L.W., "Our Readers's Opinion: Why is There Still an 'Allied List of Forbidden Films?'"

Appendix D: List of Films (Foreign) Forbidden

Appendix E: Allied High Commission Law No.32 Disposition of Former Reich-Owned Motion Picture Property. (20 July 1950) in Henry P. Pilgert, with Helga Dobbert, Press, Radio and Film in West Germany, 1945-1953

Appendix F: List of "Forbidden German Films" held by the Imperial War Museum

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