Author: mgrottendieck

  • Lux and their German representative Gertrud Grünspan

    Société Anonyme des Phonographers et Cinématographes Lux (in this article abbreviated as Lux) was founded in November 14, 1906, by Henri Joly. Until their demise in December 1913 the company produced more than 850 films and established itself as a major French producer behind Pathé Frères, Gaumont, Éclair and Éclipse.1

  • „Quovadis“ in Gefahr.

    Ad for Quo Vadis? in Bad Oeynhausener Anzeiger und Tageblatt.1 On May 29, 1913, the Bad Oeynhausener Anzeiger und Tageblatt reported the following incident, that happened the day before.

  • Tillykke med fødselsdagen

    With the first issue of May 1913 the Erste Internationale Film Zeitung1 published a tribute to Ole Olsen who would turn 50 years old on May 5, 1913. It was mend to celebrate a well known and successful businessman who contributed his fair share to the success of the film industry in general and in…

  • Telephongespräch Montag morgen 9 Uhr! Drring…

    Anonymous ad in Herforder Kreisblatt, published on May 26, 1913.1

  • Enforcing the monopoly

    Ad by Martin Dentler.1

  • A stereoscopic impression

    The above image is a combination of a stereoscopic image that was published in the trade journal Phonographische Zeitschrift on September 26, 1907. The image was made by the editorial staff of the journal on occasion of a visit to the production of a sound image for Alfred Duskes by the director Gustav Schönwald.1

  • With greetings from Tante Fritze and Onkel Ernst Günther

    Tante Fritze Onkel Ernst, Günther Thanks to family Günther (written on the back of the postcard and marked with a small cross on the front; they are situated on the last window to the right in the middle of the photo) we can glimpse into the everyday life of Berlin after the turn of the…

  • A touch of inspiration

    While Random Finds: Change of heart already glanced at Continental-Kunstfilm-Gesellschaft (in this article abbreviated as CF) regarding their administrative tasks this short interlude will shed some light on a rather creative or not so creative mode of operation. CF produced well over 100 films of which the majority were made between 1912 and 1915.1 That…

  • The “Kino-Bibliothek”

    Advertisement in Erste Internationale Film-Zeitung.1 As the surge of the Monopolfilm in Germany began at the end of the year 1910 it transformed the way cinemagoers perceived films. A transition from a program based approach to a centric one pivoting around feature films took place and alongside promotional practices changed with it. While it was…

  • Change of heart

    Continental-Kunstfilm-Gesellschaft was a Berlin based production company that emerged in spring of 1912.1 Originally founded as Schmidthässler-Film-Gesellschaft on October 23, 1911, by Max Rittberger and the actor Walter Schmidthässler the company was later converted to Continental-Kunstfilm-Gesellschaft (in this article abbreviated as CF).2