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id: Unidentified Film No. 053
director: Unknown
year: 1908
country: Germany
alternative titles: Tanznummer der Frühzeit
A troubadour or perhaps a Colonel sings while, in the background, six women provide mimed commentary to his song.
Jeanpaul Goergen, Deutsche Kinemathek, 05.12.2008
Production Company: Duskes Kinematographen- und Film-Fabriken GmbH, Berlin
Length: 39m
Format: 35mm, 1.33:1
Picture/Sound: b/w, silent
Notes: German version
Commentary
No doubt, a Tonbild. Looks more like a Zigeunerbaron than a Bettelstudent to me, Make a dvd and send it to Christian Zwarg, (chris@truesoundtransfers.de) who knows all one can know in this world about the stuff and might have the disk...
mariann lewinsky, 13.08.2010
Complete but without main title. Identified as a production of "Duskes Kinematographen- und Film-Fabriken GmbH, Berlin" from the logo in the scenery. Style of the film clearly resembles a "Tonbild" (lit: 'Sound Picture'; sound film experiments from the early years of cinema), which Duskes distributed with the tag "Cinephon". Date given as 1908 for the reason that this is the period applicable to Duskes sound films.

From which film does this musical number originate? Perhaps "Der Bettelstudent, Große Szene I. Akt: Auftritt des Obersten Ollendorf: 'Ach ich hab sie ja nur auf die Schulter geküßt'" (starring Franz Porten)? Or from "Der Troubadour"? At least two Troubadour sound films were available from Duskes: "Der Troubadour: In unser Heimat" and "Der Troubadour: Mein letzter Hauch".
Jeanpaul Goergen, Deutsche Kinemathek, 05.12.2008
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