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    Ways to Strength and Beauty (UFA, 1925). German (37" X 56").
    A 7-reel documentary, using newsreel footage and newly shot footage of nude men and women, the film was ostensibly a paean to the physical-culture movement in Europe. This proto-Nazi film was highly popular in its day, and much of its popularity can be attributed to its several scenes of nudity. The film was the screen debut of German filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl, who dances in the nude, and was directed by Wilhelm Prager. It has long been seen as a precursor of Riefenstahl's Olympia (her brilliant film of the 1936 Olympic Games). It became the most popular and most important German kulturfilm of the pre-war period. This great original German poster for the film is a beautiful stone litho with gold ink title and art by W. Tank. The poster has the lithographers name printed in the upper right of Otto Troitzsch and in the lower right is the Reichstag stamp dated January 30, 1925. There is some fold wear some wrinkling of the poster in the lower section, that restoration has not addressed. There was a small chip in the upper border and some fold wear which restoration has addressed. The poster has been mounted on European linen. Fine/Very Fine on Linen.


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