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Final handwritten draft of Vom Werden deutscher Filmkunst by Oskar Kalbus, including a printed version of Volume I

 Collection — Box: 1 [31151034438097]
Identifier: MS-0806
This collection contains a hardback handwritten copy of Oskar Kalbus's Vom Werden deutscher Filmkunst, Volumes I and II. This draft, composed in approximately 1935, is the first attempt at an extensive account of German cinema. The manuscript is divided into two volumes concerning silent films and sound films, respectively.

Dates

  • approximately 1935

Creator

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Extent

.19 Cubic Feet (2 items (bound manuscript volumes))

Biographical / Historical

Oskar Kalbus (1890-1987) was a German native who gained an interest in film after his employment at the Central-Film Gesellschaft following World War I. He often wrote journal articles concerning practical matters in filmography, as well as the potential for film to be used as an educational tool.

Vom Werden deutscher Filmkunst is an account of German cinema, composed by Oskar Kalbus in approximately 1935. The book is divided into two volumes concerning silent films and sound films, respectively. It was later purchased and published by the Cigaretten-Bilderdienst in Altona. This book was the first attempt to create a comprehensive history of German film.

Source: Westerdale, Joel. “An Accident of Resistance in Nazi Germany: Oskar Kalbus's Three-Volume History of German Film (1935-37).” Film History 29, no. 2 (2017): 165-191. Accessed March 30, 2018. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=ufh&AN=124169586&site=ehost-live&scope=site

Content Description

This collection contains a hardback handwritten draft of Oskar Kalbus's Vom Werden deutscher Filmkunst, Volumes I and II. The book contains drawings by hand and black-and-white photographs mounted in the text. This collection also contains a printed version of Volume I, likely a proof copy given to the author, as it also includes real black-and-white photographs mounted in the text. The book composed in approximately 1935, is the first known attempt to comprehensively record German film.

Source: Westerdale, Joel. “An Accident of Resistance in Nazi Germany: Oskar Kalbus's Three-Volume History of German Film (1935-37).” Film History 29, no. 2 (2017): 165-191. Accessed March 30, 2018. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=ufh&AN=124169586&site=ehost-live&scope=site

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Simon Beattie, Antiquarian Books and Music, in February 2018.

Processing Information

Processed by Charlotte Gassoway in March 2018.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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