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1. April 2000 (1952)

It is the year 2000 and the World Global Union is in charge, although other countries are allowed to elect their own government leaders, as long as they support the Union. When Austria's ... See full summary »


Rudolf Brunngraber (screenplay), Ernst Marboe (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hilde Krahl ... President of the Global Union
Josef Meinrad ... Prime Minister of Austria
Waltraut Haas ... Mitzi
Judith Holzmeister ... Ina Equiquiza
Elisabeth Stemberger Elisabeth Stemberger ... Sekretärin
Ulrich Bettac ... Moderator Robinson
Karl Ehmann Karl Ehmann ... Cabinet Chief
Peter Gerhard Peter Gerhard ... Hieronymus Gallup
Curd Jürgens ... Capitano Herakles
Robert Michal Robert Michal ... Wei Yao Chee
Heinz Moog Heinz Moog ... Hajji Halef Omar
Guido Wieland Guido Wieland ... Alessandro Bibalini
Paul Hörbiger ... Augustin
Hans Moser ... Composer
Pepi Glöckner-Kramer Pepi Glöckner-Kramer


It is the year 2000 and the World Global Union is in charge, although other countries are allowed to elect their own government leaders, as long as they support the Union. When Austria's newly-elected president, makes his inauguration speech, he declares Austrian independence and issues an edict ending Austria's financial support for the Global Union. The Global Union President arrives in a flying-saucer with her retinue of world-soldiers, equipped with death-ray guns, to put an end to the rebellion. The president and the country are put on trial. The Austrian president recounts the country's' long battle for peace, and shows how Austria stopped the invasion of the Turks, and gave the world the operetta and the waltz. He organizes a mass parade with flora floats and a brass band playing the Austrian Freedom Song in order to appeal to the court's impartiality. A 1943 document signed by Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin and assuring Austria of independence is presented. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The Best Loved Austrian Film Since "TWO HEARTS"


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Release Date:

19 November 1952 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

1 april år 2000 See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Music by Edmund Eysler
Lyrics by Julius Brammer and Alfred Grünwald
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Very odd, very dated
29 August 2009 | by Saruman-1See all my reviews

This film is a rarity for many reasons. First of all, it is Austrian Science Fiction (albeit only as a framing story - it's a pure comedy with a few Sci Fi elements). Secondly, it brings together all the great talents in Austrian film at the time. But thirdly and most importantly, it is state - commissioned, and it shows. Badly. Intended as a propaganda piece, this film loses no time in using the kitschiest possible imagery (and music!) to convince the viewer. The framing story is ridiculously badly written and deeply misogynist to boot - the Union's strong - willed President is even asked if she "really is a woman"! The historical reenactments meant to demonstrate to the delegates - and the viewer - how peaceful Austria is, are elaborate and well - made (the costumes are gorgeous), but extremely obvious propaganda. Yet still, this piece has its own quirky, kitschy charm. In a naive way, it is very honest - it makes no effort at all to hide that its first and only intention is to make a point. It is unabashedly political, and it uses all the clichés of early fifties comedy to reach its goal. Recommended to anyone interested in Austria's postwar history, as it shows the atmosphere in occupied Austria very well - how anxious everyone was to gain independence and yet how improbable it seemed that it would be granted anytime soon.

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