Film: 3154

Places + Locations | 1950 | Sound | B/W


A documentary showing famous scenery and traditional living in the Rhineland, Germany 1950's

We watch four German children making a one day journey by ship and by foot.
A map of Germany before 1940. The Rhine river. The Rhineland. An idyllic bend in the river, two castles. Boats and barges on the Rhine. More views of the Rhine and villages on hills on the shores. Kaul (a town). Under the tower of the city hall. Four children in shirts and Lederhosen. They are planning a hike. A map of the area, allegedly drawn by the children. They want to go to St. Goard, then to climb the mountain 'Spitzenstein'. They go off. The children in old, narrow streets in Kaul. In a butcher's shop they buy sausages for the hike, pay 6 Mark for them. In the streets again. They enter a bakery. One child buys a ' Pumpernickel ', a dark bread. Some beautiful houses in the town, the post office, the Old Town Inn. The children make place for a lorry in the narrow street. On the main street. The boys enter their house. On a table the things they want to take with them. Knife, bread, sausage, water, binoculars etc. The mother is preparing dinner; father and daughter at the table. And the two boys. ' German people eat a lot of pork because it costs less than other kinds of meat. ' The family, eating and talking about the hike ( Of course they eat pork, sauerkraut and potatoes ). The next morning. The father, a captain of a barge, takes the children down a river. They go on a launch and are brought to the ship. On the Rhine, scenery in the background. On the barge. The father, explaining all the ships and things on the river. They meet a passenger boat. A hut on a cliff, with a flag. The children, on the barge. Barges on the Rhine. All the barges must obey to the traffic rules. About an hour later, the boys arrive at St. Goar. A launch carries them to the shore. They wave good-bye to the father and start their hike. St. Goar, that is built at the foot of a mountain. They climb a path leading through an old gate to the castle. The castle, on top of the hill. The children, climbing the steep, narrow path. They pass through vineyards with bunches of ripe grapes. Down below, Saint Goar at the Rhine. The children stop and look at the castle, still in the distance. One of the boys uses his binoculars. The castle is called ' Schoenfels ' ( beautiful rock ). The castle, closer. The children climb on. Now it gets really steep . At the top of Mount Spitzenstein ( 'pointed rock' ). The boys arrive. A few more visitors. One of them plays an accordion. The boys climb the highest point. The view on the Rhine valley below. Lunch time. The boys cut bread and sausage and eat it. They walk a different way back, via some villages around St. Goar. They pass an apple tree ( one of them picking an apple ), they walk over fields and meadows. Villages, scattered over the foothills. Here, farms compete with industry. A mine. Workers push a truck out of the entrance. The boys meet an afternoon shift of workers, going home. A village well. The children fill their cups and drink. A cooper's hall. The children visit the cooper and watch the workers. Oxen and carriage the children climb the carriage, and it drives off, lead by a farmer. From above small fields and meadows. A woman, working in the garden, waving. The boys on the carriage wave back. A worker cuts grapes. The boys ride on. Finally they and the farmer part. The children walk on to Oberwesel (?). They pass an old church with a roman wall around it, then they hear the music of a brass band and run into the village: A vine festival. Banners, the band, dancers in traditional costumes dancing a traditional dance, and spectators. The children arrive. Close-ups of dancers, band and children watching. A ship bell is rung. The children walk on the ship back home, a sign ' Auf Wiedersehen! ' (Good bye!). The ship goes up the Rhine, the children on deck, watching the sunset. Scenery around the Rhine. The Faust castle in the middle of the river. The Rhine, many ships and boats passing. End missing.

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