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Description: The town and the people of Oberammergau, in Bavaria, Germany who celebrate the Passion Play every ten years in thanks for God having spared them from the Bubonic Plague in 1634
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Clip #: TFA-2B
Length: 15:44
Year: 1910
Color: B/W
Sound: Silent
Library: TFA Network
Decade: 1910s
Filmmaker: Burton Holmes
Region: Europe
Country: Germany
City: Oberammergau
Subject: Crowds
Original: 35mm
Oberammergau Bavaria Germany B&W, silent, circa 1900’s. Train pulls into station, POV as male and female passengers pass in front of camera as they leave station, women in long bustle type dresses and hats, men in period suits and derbies and straw hats. Various, people in native German type clothing, children running and pulling carts, women washing clothes at river edge, a religious procession. Burton Holmes, Various with bearded men, actors, making speeches, wood carver hand chiseling, people visiting at houses, bearded men posing for camera, some with children in their arms. Three cannons being fired. Men and women crowding into theatre, leaving, at outdoor café, men and women walking fast in wide street dressed in weekend finery. 03:17:42:16 Oberammergau, Bavaria, Germany Locomotive train pulling into station. Passengers and railway employees walking toward camera alongside train pulled up at station. Man unloading bicycles off passenger car in background. Passengers pushing carts of luggage on street outside station. 03:19:22:11 Man removing top hat to greet three women talking on street. Woman and two girls in traditional Bavarian clothing walking down street. Pedestrians strolling with parasols in background. Pan across row of young adults and children in feathered hats smiling at camera. Burton Holmes holding young blonde child wearing lederhosen and waving child’s hand at camera on street. Pair of boys in lederhosen leading parade of small children in wagons down street. 03:20:33:22 Woman doing laundry on bank of river. Woman doing laundry on small pier in river. Two young girls running up to woman. Boy in lederhosen playing with girl wading in river. 03:21:23:14 Three young women in identical traditional Bavarian clothing sitting down on bench outside window and petting a cat. Portrait of the women smiling at camera. 03:21:45:12 Catholic procession on street. Appears to be part of the Passion Play, which was enacted in Oberammergau that year. 03:22:18:20 Burton Holmes in feathered cap carrying a photography flash talking to man as they walk down street. 03:22:26:29 Man with long beard gesticulating as he appears to be reciting lines from script. Holmes and man knocking on door and being greeted by man with long beard, probably grown out for part in the Passion Play, which was enacted in Oberammergau that year. Various shots of men with long beards on street who appear to be reciting lines from the Passion Play. 03:23:33:22 Oberammergau, Bavaria, Germany Traditional woodcarver with long beard and spectacles carving figurine on workbench outside shop. 03:24:00:19 People knocking on doors and windows and being greeted by people in traditional Bavarian costumes. Man with long hair and full-grown beard holding young blond child in lederhosen and smiling at camera. Talking to child. Child kissing and hugging man. Old Man with white beard talking to camera Burton Holmes talks to old man with beard who then talks to camera Man with beard holding child 03:26:38:09 Woman in traditional dress attempting to ride bicycle. Posing with bicycle. Woman laughing while sewing on bench. 03:26:56:11 Various shots of parents holding young children and smiling for camera. 03:29:04:18 Man firing three cannons. 03:29:25:10 Townspeople in traditional Bavarian costumes entering a large building which appears to be the theater in Oberammergau, probably for a performance of the Passion Play, which was staged that year. Elderly man with big white moustache wearing military uniform and Pickelhaube (spike helmet) standing in crowd gathered outside the building. Large crowd gathering outside doorways to the building and entering. 03:30:36:03 Crowd exiting large building, probably the theater in Oberammergau after a performance of the Passion Play, which was staged that year. 03:31:33:14 Pan across men and women eating and drinking from beer mugs at busy outdoor cafes. 03:32:20:10 Crowd exiting large building, probably the theater in Oberammergau after a performance of the Passion Play, which was staged that year, and running down street. Large crowd, including many men wearing traditional feathered caps, exiting through doorways of the building. 03:33:22:04

This film has also been broken down into individual clips TFA-2B-1 to TFA-2B-16

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