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Dr. Ernst Leitz *1.3.1871 †15.6.1956   [Original Title]

Dr. Ernst Leitz *1.3.1871 †15.6.1956   [Title Translation]
Country of Origin: Germany
Year of origin: 1956
Genre: Documentary Film
Locations of shooting: Wetzlar (Hesse, Germany)

Director: Paul Görnert

A documentary of the funeral service for Ernst Leitz II at Wetzlar cathedral. The cathedral is decorated with banners. The film shows the mourners inside the cathedral and the people outside: the service was broadcast with loudspeakers on the cathedral square. The coffin is carried outside and loaded on a carriage. The closing shot shows a close-up of Ernst Leitz on his death bed.

Since the 1910s, Oskar Barnack – inventor of the "Leica" – has documented the activities around Wetzlar with his self-constructed camera. He filmed floods and town fairs, medical experiments, sporting events and the company that employed him as a chief engineer: the Optical Works Ernst Leitz in Wetzlar. His films are the cadre of a film archive that gives local history the same importance as the results of major historic events.

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Language: n/a
Sound: Silent film
Aspect: 1:1,33
Duration: 4 min 32 sec

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