As you well know at this time, mein liebers, this Herr Graf is
surrounded by day and night (especially night) by the ample bodies of
rich Teutonic heiresses, so when this German count heard that the title
of the next film to be shown at the Schloss was "Wunder Der Schöpfung"
( Our Heavenly Bodies ) (1925), he naturally thought that he would be
watching an oeuvre about a lot of beautiful and Teutonic young
fräuleins for once.
Alas, it wasn't that way
it turned out to be a cultural silent film
about astronomy!!... Can you believe that??!.
After recovering from this deception, this Herr Graf enjoyed the
lecture of this didactic silent film about astronomy, physics and the
whole universe, because although this German count would have rather
been looking at physiques of another sort, "Wunder Der Schöpfung"
turned out to be a remarkable and entertaining film. It is highly
recommended for any audience ( even German counts satyrs ) who will be
fascinated since the subject is the mystery of the universe and the
world we are living in.
The film was supervised, not exactly directed, by Herr Hanns Walter
Kornblum, and it is a "Kulturfilm" as opposed to the commercial films
of the German silent era ( well, this Herr Von must say that the
"commercial" film of then has nothing in common with the commercial
film of today )
In spite of the brainy subject matter, the film is not boring as it
explains, in chapters, different lessons about gravity, the planets and
the stars. It does so in an entertaining way and even this ignorant
German count could follow it so it wouldn't be a problem for any
reasonably intelligent audience to understand it. The use of animated
scenes, graphics, camera tricks and historical recreations hook the
spectator immediately, It was an elaborate project and took two years
In the picture we can see a lot of stars and even guest stars such as
Herr Galileo, Herr Copernicus, Herr Newton or Herr Einstein. There's
also a short and bizarre futuristic sequence wherein German astronauts
travels through time and space, visiting Mars and other planets,
explaining what they see and what happens in the universe, until they
arrive at infinity, a very faraway place, indeed. At that point the
wisely decide to go home.
"Wunder Der Schöpfung" is a very remarkable cultural silent film (
another "Edition Filmmuseum" great restoration with beautiful tinted
sequences ) that enlightens and educates the spectator about time and
space, the mystery of the universe, the Earth's creation and its future
destruction ( a typical German touch this, certainly
), the planets
and the stars; everything done in a detailed scientific way but at the
same time very entertaining ( the most fictional part within the film
are the Bible quotes and its inaccuracies ). As some longhaired
youngster said sometime ago, "Wunder Der Schöpfung" is certainly a
wonderful space oddity.
And now, if you'll allow me, I must temporarily take my leave because
this German Count must to go into orbit around one of his Teutonic rich
and fat heiresses.
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