Film: 5587

Places + Locations | 1980 | Sound | Colour

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A documentary about Baden-Wuerttemberg, a county in South West Germany. Introducing cities, landscapes, people, jobs and hobbies by following some characters on their ways through the county 1980's
The inhabitants of South-West-Germany people in the street. Children in national costumes. Other people. People at a fountain. They are not like ordinary people. They are between the borders of three countries, and between tradition and progress.
A woman at a desk writing. A map of the south-west corner of Germany. Baden-Wuerttemberg (a County). Some cities: Mannheim, Heidelberg, Stuttgart, Baden-Baden, Ulm, Freiburg, Konstanz. France at the left side, Switzerland and Austria in the south. ' South West Germany is said to be the region of gifted people. '
Freiburg, the Black Forest From the air. The cathedral. The market from above. From ground level. ' A monk, Bernhard Schwarz, is said to have invented gunpowder here. ' The old city. An inn. Signs of inns. Doves in a small channel. The entrance of the university ( founded 1457 ). Professor Muentzinger, a biologist. He holds a lecture ( Hydrology ). Students, listening. He talks about the effects of biological filter in the oxygen contents of river. Muentzinger on his research vessel, lifting a pipe out of the water, filling the contents into an orange box, water samples of the Rhine. Inside the vessel, the laboratory. A woman fill the samples into smaller glasses. Some samples are put into boxes. Muentzinger in his living room with clocks, playing chess ( his two hobbies ) against a colleague from the Far East. A cuckoo clock. Muentzinger gives up the game and pours two glasses of red wine. They drink. Vineyards in the sun of the Kaiserstuhl. A train crossing a bridge in a beautiful valley. Out of the moving train. The train leaves a tunnel , we are going through the Black Forest, passing idyllic landscapes. An old Black Forest house. Hikers. Another house. People in traditional costumes, walking in a small street in a village. Out of the train again, a landscape (a forest). Lake Konstanz, one of Europe's largest lakes. The lake from above, some hills next to it. Konstanz, at the Rhine ( that drains the lake ). A picture of Hecker, a revolutionary in 1848. A sign on a house saying that Hecker proclaimed the first German Republic from this balcony in 1848. Boats on the lake. Muentzinger's brother works at a fish farm in Nonnenhorn, on lake Konstanz. A pool with young fishes. Muentzinger putting them into a barrel with a net, in order to put them back in the lake. Since the countries Austria, Germany and Switzerland work together, the pollution of the water decreased, and now you can drink it again. Muentzinger puts the fishes into the lake ( out of the barrel ). The family sitting at a dinner table at the lake, waiting for him. They start eating. A noise, an aircraft. A painting, A plane in the background, the face of a man in the foreground. The company 'Dornier'. Some shots of models of planes in the company museum. In a big hall or laboratory: 'Today people work in the space industry.' A worker screwing. 'One of the few places in the world where they mass produce satellites.' More workers at a complicated thing, a yet to be built satellite. A man working at computers. A satellite being packed up. Parts of a rotary engine and its inventor, Felix Wankel. A painting of Count Zeppelin who built the first dirigible airship in the world. He also lived nearby. A model of a Zeppelin, Muentzinger's daughter, painting it. (She's working as a restorer in a museum.) A friend of her's, Eugen, putting files in cupboards. He works in the administration. He glanced through a file. The daughter with a bag, into the street between meadows. She waves to Eugen and gets into his car ( a red Audi ). They want to drive to Ballingen. The car drives off. The statue of a pair of hands, holding a head. Fastnacht, or carnival, an old custom. In an old city. Parades. It is winter, the houses and the streets covered with snow. Some witches dance around the camera. The workbench of a wood carver. He takes a knife and works at a wood block that is going to become a mask and already looks like a face. Finally the mask is ready, a woman puts it over her face and runs dressed towards the camera ( with a pole ). Again some witches in the streets. More dancing people in the streets, at the parade. Muentzinger's daughter, Elke, and Eugen arrive at a car park. Elke's face, the professor's brother's face, and the professor's face. The face of a man from Asia. 'He is not related to them.' He is a visitor to uncle Herman ( whom Elke and Eugen want to visit ). Uncle Herman owns a small factory and is an inventor. In his factory, machine that shreds paper. It is a paper shredder. He also invented a machine crushing card boxes ( we see it ). Uncle Herman shreds some more paper. The production site. A worker at a workbench. About 100 people are employed here. Other workers at machines. Uncle Herman produces all himself … self-sufficiency is characteristic for people from South-West Germany. ' Baden-Wurttemberg is the region par excellence for the medium-size business .' Workers at a machine, bending a large piece of metal. ' 20 more people are employed in the office '. We see the office, a computer, some typewriters. The apprenticeship department with ten apprentices. One of them working at a grinder. Another one at a planing-machine (?). On Sundays Uncle Herman drives to Stuttgart, the capital of Baden-Wuerttemberg ( we see him doing so, in a white Porsche ). A rowing boat on a river, we are in Tubingen, another small and old university town. The old city. The Hoelderlin-tower; a portrait of Friedrich Hoelderlin, the poet. A painting of Herr Schickart, who invented the world's first adding machine in 1620. the adding machine. A portrait of Keppler, who ' did some calculating on the solar system ' in the 17th century. The philosopher Hegel. They all lived here. A panoramic view of Tuebingen. Uncle Herman on the way to Stuttgart. Stuttgart. A zebra crossing. Three flags, Europe, Germany and Baden-Wuerttemberg. ' Already in the 15th century they tried out forms of democratic government here. ' Some buildings of the government. The local parliament; members of parliament sitting and listening, one of them talking. Two statues of…? Shopping mall. ' The inhabitants of Stuttgart are industrious people who seldom relax. ' People at stalls. Some black people. ' They are integrated immediately. ' The state theatre, ' where Marie works. ' Marie is somehow relative to Uncle Herman. The faces of the family members. Marie is in a ballet group. Some ballet dancers, practising. ' The Stuttgart ballet is very famous. ' A teacher, demonstrating some steps. Marie and others, dancing. Marie running out of the building and giving some tickets to Uncle Herman and his wife who enter the theatre. On the stage. Marie and other dancers in white dresses dance in front of a black background. ' Karl is in the audience. ' the audience, and Karl. The dancers. Karl and Marie in a goldsmith's museum. Karl is a goldsmith in Pforzheim, the goldsmith town. Karl, as worker, with many desks and workers in a hall, working at a desk. He works on a piece of jewellery. Karl and Marie get into a plane on a small airport. He is member of a ' motor sports club '. The propeller starts to spin, the plane rolls on and takes off. From inside the plane, Stuttgart. The river Neckar. Marie, taking pictures with a Contax. Ulm (from above). The highest church spire in the world. ' Here Albert Einstein was born. ' A bridge in a valley, a small village, forests. The plane, Marie and Karl looking out. The Hohenzollern palace from above, where King Frederick is buried. The plane, passing a Zeppelin. The castle of Karlsruhe, from above. The plane. Marie, pointing down. An industrial area. ' Karl's father works here, in a car plant. ' ( Mercedes ). ' South West Germany is one of the most interesting industrial areas of the world. ' Marie's father-in-law. ( Pictures of the whole family until now ). He is foreman and checks the vehicles that come from the assembly line. He checks the engine of a car. A car museum. ' Here is the birthplace of the motor car. ' The first two petrol driven cars in the world ( looking like carriages without horses ). A modern engine. It is lowered down into a car, in the car plant. A worker, checking the doors of a car. Karl's father ( whose name is Karl, too ), with a big bird-of-prey on his arm. ' He has a rare hobby, Taming birds of prey. ' The bird flies off, glides through the air. The bird flying over a rural landscape, some villages. A bird-of-prey-show. On a terrace in a hill. About 500-1000 visitors sitting on benches. A handler stretching out his hand with a glove. A bird of prey glides over the spectators and lands on the glove. A chick ( of a bird of prey ) in a basket. ' This is a white tailed eagle. ' Back in the car plant. Karl puts a sticker on the front window of a white Mercedes. ' 1 out of 5 in Baden-Wuerttemberg earn their living in the car industry. ' Karl drives off in his own, brown Mercedes. He passes through meadows. He visits his friend who has a small vineyard further down the Neckar. Some view of a small town. A vineyard. Karl's friend looking at a sample of wine and testing it ( with a small instrument ). The vineyards in this area are mostly small. Some huge barrels. Karl and his friend filling and drinking a glass each. In the vineyard. Some vines, bunches of grapes. A female worker, cutting the bunches. Workers empty their containers ( that are fixed on their backs ) into huge barrels. Reinhardt (Karl's friend) climbs in a green lorry, drives down to the Neckar and crosses it. A small ferry in the middle of the river, the green lorry on top. He drives the lorry to his son Manfred who works in a student's pub. Manfred, and pictures of all the characters we have seen before. In the pub. Manfred prepares sandwiches and serves them to two girls at the counter and to other guests at the tables. The Heidelberg rehabilitation center. Manfred's girlfriend works here as a lecturer and therapist. 'There she is'. She helps some people individually, explains how to use specific machines. It is in her nature to help people, as all the inhabitants of South West Germany always liked to do community work. Manfred and his girlfriend drive with his Golf to Mannheim where her brother has a job at the water patrol police. They drive over a motorway. Mannheim. The city of motorcars. A palace. Mozart played here, and many other famous people. Carl Benz lived here. They stop in front of a river and run to its shore, hand in hand. A petrol boat arrives, a policeman on board, greeting a colleague: shift change. He goes off with Manfred an his girlfriend - ' for a stroll in Mannheim. ' The white Golf, driving in the street (from above). Manfred, girlfriend and policeman ( in plain clothes ), walking in a pedestrian precinct. The policeman (his name, unintelligible, and the pictures of all the characters) on duty. On the ship. Barges on the Rhine, from above. One of the most important chemical plants in the world. The plant ( BASF probably. ) Filter installations, from above. The policeman on his boat. The port of Mannheim ( the 3rd largest inland port in the world ). Barges. The policeman on his boat, at the steering-wheel. Cyclists on the dikes. A few kilometers away, the bicycle has been invented. Barges. ' On the other side of the river is France. ' Further upstream, Freiburg again, and professor Muentzinger, taking samples from the river into his boat. His brother Alfred, releasing young fishes into the river Elke painting the Zeppelin, Uncle Hermann, using his shredding-machine , Marie, rehearsing Swan Lake , Karl 1, the goldsmith, examining a piece of work closely , Karl 2, a bird of prey landing on his arm , Reinhardt, looking at a sample of wine , Manfred, preparing sandwiches Marianne, the therapist , the policeman, on his boat. Barges and the Rhine in the sunset. Credits.


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