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Wenn die Glocke ertönt...   [Original Title]

When the bell rings...   [Title Translation]
Country of Origin: Germany
Year of origin: 1915/1953
Genre: Documentary Film
Locations of shooting: Wetzlar (Hesse, Germany)

Director: Oskar Barnack
  Paul Görnert

The factory gates of Leitz company are shown in 1953 and around 1915. “A Study of Factory Gates by Oskar Barnack. Edited and dubbed by Paul Görnert” read the opening titles of the film that introduce its subject: similar to the famous production of the Lumiere brothers, people flood out of a factory gate. The footage from 1953 shows multistory building I with buses waiting for the workers outside. The older footage, which was taken by Oskar Barnack, was probably shot in 1915 in front of the gate of the old optics building.

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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Sound: Silent film
Aspect: 1:1,33
Duration: 4 min 56 sec

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