Film director: Various Authors

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IM AUTO DURCH DIE ÖSTERREICHISCHEN ALPEN

An elementary direction that openly refers to the documentary approach of the Lumière brothers is a salient aspect within the documentary Im Auto durch die Österreichischen Alpen. And this mise-en-scène – which on this occasion also involved the camera itself being placed on the moving vehicles from time to time – deliberately avoided any particular directorial virtuosity or authorial ambitions, with the sole aim of filming reality as it was.

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EINE FAHRT MIT DER MARIAZELLER BAHN

The railway line along which the so-called Mariazeller Bahn travelled is the oldest mountain railway line in Austria. This railway line was, around the 1910s, completely electrified, also thanks to the numerous hydroelectric power stations along its route. The documentary Eine Fahrt mit der Mariazeller Bahn gives us the opportunity to get to know this reality up close.

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STILLE NACHT, HEILIGE NACHT

In Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht we immediately recognise a strong influence from the cinema of Georges Méliès, especially with regard to the double exposure scenes and the strongly fairytale-like (sometimes even dreamlike) atmosphere of the whole film. This short film tries its way without pretending to become a “revolutionary” film. Yet, with its elegant mise-en-scene and its simplicity, it seems to us, today, more precious than ever.

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VORFRÜHLING AM ATTERSEE

An extraordinary calm and a welcome serenity pervade Vorfrühling am Attersee, conceived, like many other tourist documentaries made in the early 20th century, to appeal to as many tourists as possible in Austria and to give abroad an image of the nation where prosperity was commonplace.

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MARIAZELL

Halfway between an actual advertising film and a documentary, Mariazell shows us in full, in just two minutes, the small town much loved by the Austrians, complete with a focus on the most characteristic sites of the place.