In many propaganda films made in Austria during World War I, it was necessary to convey to the nation and the world the image of an Austria where even the enemy was treated with great care, with the possibility of making him in turn helpful to the nation that ‘hosted’ him. Cinema and factories, then, once again formed an essential combination.
The focus on the world of factories and all the potentials they offered started in Austria – as one can well imagine – during World War I. In fact, it was precisely within the factories that weapons were made to defend the nation and its citizens. It was, in fact, within the factories that weapons were made to defend their nation and their citizens. It was within the factories that, in one way or another, the foundations were laid for a possible victory at the front.
Most of the time light-hearted, sometimes even rather melancholic, the Wiener Films were intended to depict the splendour of an era and its upper-class society, within which, however, love stories between people of different classes contributed to the drama of the story, or to the creation of funny and enjoyable comedies of errors.
Away from the glorious United States, there is another comedian duo that – inspired by what was going on overseas – began to make a name for itself in the film world just a few years after it became popular in Austria. And if, in its time, this duo enjoyed overall success with audiences and critics, nowadays few seem to remember the name Cocl & Seff.
Cabaret in Austria is an art form that is much more widespread than one might think. It was born with specific political and social aims and, even today, continues to have a strong relevance throughout the country, as well as influencing, in its own way, the seventh art. But when exactly did cabaret originate in Austria?