Filmforum, Germany 2021, ca. 90 Min.
The original version of the silent film “Die Freie und Hansestadt Lübeck und ihre unvergleichlich reizvolle Umgebung” (“The Free Hanseatic City of Lübeck and its Incomparably Delightful Surroundings”) was made by Friedrich Herwig (1885 – 1964), a culture documentary distributor and producer from Lübeck – Bad Schwartau; the film was first shown on August 25, 1930 in Lübeck’s Stadthallen cinema. Soon thereafter, the film seemed to be lost and fell into oblivion. Now, 91 years later, the film will once again be shown here where it was made, in a restored version with an added epilogue. It was re-discovered and re-worked by director and Grimme prize-winner C. Cay Wesnigk. At this event, he will talk about how he re-discovered the film and place Herwig’s film in the context of the era in which it was made. Audience help in identifying the individual locations in the film is explicitly encouraged! The restoration of this cinematic treasure was funded by the Possehl Foundation as part of the Cultural Sparks programme.
Director Friedrich Herwig, C. Cay Wesnigk
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