In present day Germany, by 6:30 a.m., the railway workers are waiting the opening of the factory's door to start a new day of hard work. Inside, Engineer Klaassen is still awake, as all ...
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In present day Germany, by 6:30 a.m., the railway workers are waiting the opening of the factory's door to start a new day of hard work. Inside, Engineer Klaassen is still awake, as all night long he planned, measured diagrams, used his algorithm tables, made calculations and drew more geometric figures for a new steam locomotive. The labor force works fast, and step by step the steel animal gains form and glints, the intellectual project gains life. Klaassen receives a phone call, and he is happy with his transfer to head the railway line's controlling team. He accepts well his change of job, but when he meets his co-workers, uncultured and rough people, he starts having second thoughts. However, he takes it easy, recognizes that they're highly trained works, and teaches them a number of (flashback) stories of pioneers of the present steam train: the early invention by Denis Papin (1679); the three legendary land-surveyors of Caton Hill; the 1769 experiment by Nicolas-Joseph De ... Written by
This Nazi (bare chested guys going "Heil Hitler") quasi documentary, by Leni Reifenstahl's cameraman, most resembles AMAZING YOUNG MEN IN THEIR FLYING MACHINES, with it's elaborate reconstructions of early machinery. Despite the fact that the British and French attempts are presented as incompetent until the German Railways showed people how, this apparently ran foul of the 3rd Reich and was suppressed.
As a novelty and as entertainment the piece is not at all bad, with expert film craft and imagery, backed by a score by the composer from the Marika Rokk movies and performance and narration by the forgotten Aribert Moog from EXTASE.
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