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Kreis-Tierschaufest (Ochsenfest) in Wetzlar   [Original Title]

District cattle-show festival (oxen festival) in Wetzlar   [Title Translation]
Country of Origin: Germany
Year of origin: 1914
Genre: Documentary Film
Locations of shooting: Wetzlar (Hesse, Germany)

Director: Oskar Barnack

A documentary on a festival in Wetzlar. Carriages representing the seasons of a farmer’s life drive by. Footage of the Domplatz and Kornmarkt in Wetzlar. Further carriages: traditional dresses from Wittenberg and the carriage of the “Union Club”, a society that was famous for its choir, which still exists today. Animals are lined-up for the award ceremony on “Finsterloh” festival square, near Büblinghausen. They are judged by a jury visible in the background. On the stand: the contemporary haute volée of Wetzlar. Two versions exist of this film, which was later edited and newly dubbed by Paul Grönert: the image quality of the longer version is inferior.

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: 6 min 24 sec

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