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Sprengbagger 1010

Blast Excavator 1010

Engineer Karl Hartmann has designed a monstrous strip mining machine. He initially refuses to build it, instead returning to his old home in the country for rest and recuperation. During a walk in the countryside, he finds a seam of lignite and tells his boss, who immediately makes plans to buy up the land. But two of the landowners resist his offer – Hartmann’s fiancée, a young noblewoman, and his grandmother, who runs a mill that has stood on the land for centuries. Meanwhile, Hartmann moves forward with the construction of his excavator … Set against the background of the Leuna Works complex and the coal fields of central Germany, first-time director Acház-Duisberg (son of the head of I.G. Farben), made an apologia for the age of the machine. The violent clash of rural idyll and industry, machinery and romanticism is matched by the cinematic collision of industrial reportage and melodrama. The aesthetics of this silent drama of the ecology are largely thanks to the influence of cinematographer Helmar Lerski. – Screening with the “machine music” composed at the time by Walter Gronostay and newly recorded in 2011, a piece for orchestra, sirens, voice chorus, and oxygen tanks.

by
Karl-Ludwig Acház-Duisberg

Germany 1929

German intertitles

89 min · Black/White · 35 mm

With

Heinrich George
Iwan Kowal Samborski
Viola Garden
Ilse Stobrawa
Gertrud Arnold
Paul Biensfeldt
Paul Henckels
Ilse Vigdor

Crew

Written and directed by
Karl-Ludwig Acház-Duisberg
Director of Photography
Helmar Lerski, Arthur von Schwertführer, Herbert Körner, Hugo von Kaweczynski
Camera Assistant
Fred Zinnemann
Set Construction
Andrej Andrejew
Producer
Dr. Karl-Ludwig Acház-Duisberg

Film Print: Bundesarchiv-Filmarchiv, Berlin

Dates

  • 210095
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    Wed Feb 21 17:30
    CinemaxX 8 (E)
    Composition: Walter Gronostay (1929) | Introduction: Annika Schaefer
  • 250385
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    Sun Feb 25 14:30
    Zeughauskino

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