Through the example of film advertisement with its various forms and styles the exhibition sheds light on the part of German history that is closely linked to the greatest catastrophe of the 20th century. The main focus of STRIKING lies on the period of the National Socialist dictatorship. Film politics and film advertisement mirror a political radicalization that started as early as 1933 with the suspension of Jews from the German film industry and that led to the Holocaust during World War II.
On display are posters advertising war and propaganda films, such as "Hitlerjunge Quex" (1933), "Verräter" (1936) and "GPU" (1942), melodramas, such as "Zu neuen Ufern" (1937) and "Die große Liebe" (1942) and biopics of heroic men, such as "Der alte Fritz" (1937), "Der Herrscher" (1937) and "Robert Koch" (1939). Also shown are rare posters of German films distributed in Belgium, France, Finland and Sweden, including posters for "Der verlorene Sohn" (1934), "Olympia" (1938) and "Capriccio" (1938).
The main focus on National Socialism is widened through posters from the crisis years of the Weimar Republic and stretches into the first post-war years, when the course of film history took divided turns, setting apart East and West.
The exhibition is a presentation of The William Gillespie Collection (Sydney, Australia).