The propaganda films made during World War I were primarily intended to convey to the nation and the world the image of a strong, victorious Austria that would do anything for the wellbeing of its citizens. Yet there are certain documentaries that, almost unintentionally, conveyed a very different message to the audience.
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.