The DVD shows shipping and marine films from a good half a century.
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For anyone interested in the history of seafaring, the new film "Cast off" is interesting. A total of eight short or silent films about seafaring and the navy are compiled on this DVD.
The highlight for sailors is definitely the film "Men, Sea and Storms" about the "Pamir" from 1930 (with a sound version from 1942). The German training ship sank in 1957. Precisely because the sequences are technically bad according to today's standards, i.e. coarse-grained and shot in black and white, they convey a haunting picture of life on board the four-masted barque over 60 years ago. The sometimes almost amateurish appearing images make the viewer feel closer to the action. This effect was artificially created in the Danish Dogma films of the 90s.
The title of another film from 1924, "Boys almost catches! With our Reichsmarine in the Baltic Sea", is at first daunting. But as right-wing as it sounds today, the film shows an excerpt from German history, where maneuvers and flag parades of the navy were proudly presented.
These films are to be classified in exactly the same way: as testimonies and examples of a time long past; which stand for themselves with their language and their images and show an uncommented glimpse into a bygone world.
The DVD was created as part of the Cinefest 2006 - an international festival of German film heritage.
Price: 19.90 euros