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Hochwasser in Wetzlar 1920   [Original Title]

The Flood of Wetzlar 1920   [Title Translation]
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Country of Origin: Germany
Year of origin: 1920
Genre: Documentary Film
Locations of shooting: Wetzlar (Hesse, Germany)

Director: Oskar Barnack
Editing: Paul Görnert
Music: Paul Görnert

The Wetzlar flood of 1920. The film shows the old bridge across the Lahn during the flood and an additional shot from the bridge down at the stream. Am Mühlgraben street is flooded. In Langgasse people are carrying each other to avoid staining themselves. Boats cross before the “Goldenes Ross” building, a former guest house. Ernst Leitz I stayed here when he came to Wetzlar.

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: Sound film
Aspect: 1:1,33
Duration: 4 min 8 sec

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