Austrian count von Warthenberg is a grumpy stud-farm-recluse since his wife's death. Ths summer, his old lover Susanne Weiden arrives, hoping for a 'fat' marriage and inheritance. But his ...
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Austrian count von Warthenberg is a grumpy stud-farm-recluse since his wife's death. Ths summer, his old lover Susanne Weiden arrives, hoping for a 'fat' marriage and inheritance. But his daughter Hanna made other plan with secret lover Michael, teacher of Vienna's world-famous Wiener Sängerknaben, who will spend their Alpine countryside holiday in the village. Among them is adolescent Michael 'Mikel', son of the count's estranged elder daughter Maria. The plan is to make grandpa and knave meet and bond before their blood-ties are revealed. A stray dog accidentally and equestrian genes help. Written by
Dated from 1959 this movie captured the spirit of the time and audience in Central Europe. After the trauma of World War II this region craved for romance and feel-good stories. "Wenn die Glocken hell erklingen" delivered exactly that. Casting the world famous Wiener Saengerknaben as the troop of children going on a holiday camp, lifted the film to a higher level. Their vocals are a delight and the 'Panis Angelicus' is executed brilliantly. Criticasters in modern times would say that their singing is not relevant to the story. But this misses the whole point of the movie. It is the story that is irrelevant, as long as it made the audience feel good. The Alpine scenery of the movie is breathtaking, although the acting is average and not above the level of present-day soaps. However, the potential of the actors does shine through. Michael Ande, playing the young boy 'Mecki', went on to a great career in acting as is shown elsewhere here on IMDb. In all, given the fact that it was made low budget and that the movie is certainly outdated, it is nevertheless a worthwhile testimonial of its time.
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