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Karneval   [Assigned Title]

Carnival   [Title Translation]
Country of Origin: Germany
Year of origin: 1914
Genre: Documentary Film
Locations of shooting: Wetzlar (Hesse, Germany)

Director: Oskar Barnack
Production company: Leitz-Film (Wetzlar)

Carnival in Wetzlar in 1914. The “Elferrat” (the board of eleven, a traditional carnival institution) is introduced at the beginning of the film. The footage shows people holding umbrellas, perhaps after the end of the parade. Lead by Carl Vogel, the guardsmen emerge from the Hauptwache. One carriage in the parade bears a sign reading “Declining birth rate” another is titled “Doctors on strike”. The captions of the film read: “Carnival” - ”Carnival Sunday” -”Parade of the guard of honour of the carnival entire under command of Captain Carl Vogel".

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.

Version 1
Language: n/a
Sound: Silent film
Aspect: 1:1,33
Duration: 4 min 31 sec

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