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1. April 2000

CinematographySepp Ketterer Karl Lob Fritz Arno Wagner
CountryAustria
Directed byWolfgang Liebeneiner
Distributed byHerzog-Filmverleih Lewis Productions Inc.
Edited byHenny Brunsch-Tauschinsky
LanguageGerman
Music byJosef Fiedler Alois Melichar Robert Stolz
Produced byKarl Ehrlich
Release date19 November 1952 ( 1952-11-19 )
Running time105 minutes
StarringHilde Krahl Josef Meinrad
Written byRudolf Brunngraber Ernst Marboe

In a nutshell: this 1952 musical comedy is a propaganda film made in Austria during the occupation of Allied forces, intended to promote the withdrawal of international troops and boost national identity. Set in the year 2000, it follows proceedings OF Prime Minister rolling out the greatest hits of Austrian history, art and music in order to convince leaders OF Global Police force to finally lift the occupation of the country. Much singing, dancing and historical re-enactment, but very little actual plot. Plus for gathering creme de la creme OF Austrian stage talent, minus for blackface. April 1 2000. Direct by Wolfgang Liebeneiner. Write by Rudolf Brunngraber and Ernst Marboe. Starring: Hilde Krahl, Josef Meinrad, Waltraut Haas, Judith Holzmeister, Elisabeth Stemberger, Ulrich Bettac, Karl Ehmann, Peter Gerhard, Curd Jurgens, Robert Michal, Heinz Moog, Paul Horbiger, Hans Moser. Produce by Karl Ehrlich and Ernst Marboe for Wien-Film and the government OF Austria. IMDb score: 5. 9 This is one of the more interesting science fiction films to come out of Europe in the early fifties. That does not say a lot, though, as Sci-fi craze didnt quite catch on in the Old World at the same speed as in Hollywood. With the exception of the British Man in White Suit, Europeans really didnt make science fiction worth noting between 1950 and 1953, when the TV-series Quatermass Experiment renewed continents interest in the genre. April 1 2000 also has the distinction of being only the third science fiction film to come out OF Austria, unless you count Hands OF Orlac, which I stubbornly call a supernatural horror film. Even more interesting is that it was commissioned by the Austrian government. Directors Henrik Galeen, Karl Hartl and Fritz Lang were all born in Austria, but made their films primarily in Germany at first, and later in the United States, which bereft Austria from possible Sci-fi films they might have had. Unfortunately, Austria didnt just export good directors to Germany, but certain Nazi leaders as well, which oddly enough is relevant for April 1 2000. To understand the movie, one must rewind the clock to WWII, when Austria, willingly or unwillingly, allied with Nazi Germany-others would say they were occupied by Nazi Germany, which is a point that this film implicitly tries to make. When war ended in 1945, Japan and Germany were occupied by Allied powers, but few today remember that Austria was another country that was invaded, so to speak. Union between France, USA, UK and USSR were in charge of the transitional government, much like Nato took control over Kosovo in the nineties. This move was widely seen as unjust in Austria, which considers itself a victim of Nazi atrocities as much as any other conquered European nation. Austrians like to point to the fact that four Allied Countries themselves had stipulated in the 1943 Moscow Declarations that Austria was the first country to fall victim to Nazi aggression through Anschluss in 1938.

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1. April 2000

Directed byWolfgang Liebeneiner
Produced byKarl Ehrlich
Written byRudolf Brunngraber Ernst Marboe
StarringHilde Krahl Josef Meinrad
Music byJosef Fiedler Alois Melichar Robert Stolz
CinematographySepp Ketterer Karl Lob Fritz Arno Wagner
Edited byHenny Brunsch-Tauschinsky
Distributed byHerzog-Filmverleih Lewis Productions Inc.
Release date19 November 1952
Running time105 minutes
CountryAustria
LanguageGerman

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Table

ActorRole
Hilde KrahlPresident of the Global Union
Josef MeinradPrime Minister of Austria
Waltraut HaasMitzi
Judith HolzmeisterIna Equiquiza
Elisabeth StembergerSekretarin
Ulrich BettacModerator Robinson
Karl EhmannCabinet Chief
Peter GerhardHieronymus Gallup
Curd JurgensCapitano Herakles
Robert MichalWei Yao Chee
Heinz MoogHajji Halef Omar
Guido WielandAlessandro Bibalini
Paul HorbigerAugustin
Hans MoserComposer
Alma SeidlerReporterin
Ingeborg WieserAlessandro Vitalini
Theodor DaneggerRuss. Hochkommissar
Erik FreyPrinz Eugen
Harry FuFranzl
Fred HenningsDeutscher Kaiser
Franz HerterichAmerik. Hochkommissar
Alfred NeugebauerFinanzminister
Hans RichterReporter
Otto TrelerEngl. Hochkommissar
Hans ZieglerFranz. Hochkommissar
Gerhard RiedmannReitender Bote (uncredited)
Die Wiener SangerknabenSingers
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Cast

Cast

ActorRole
Hilde KrahlPresident of the Global Union
Josef MeinradPrime Minister of Austria
Waltraut HaasMitzi
Judith HolzmeisterIna Equiquiza
Elisabeth StembergerSekretarin
Ulrich BettacModerator Robinson
Karl EhmannCabinet Chief
Peter GerhardHieronymus Gallup
Curd JurgensCapitano Herakles
Robert MichalWei Yao Chee
Heinz MoogHajji Halef Omar
Guido WielandAlessandro Bibalini
Paul HorbigerAugustin
Hans MoserComposer
Alma SeidlerReporterin
Ingeborg WieserAlessandro Vitalini
Theodor DaneggerRuss. Hochkommissar
Erik FreyPrinz Eugen
Harry FuFranzl
Fred HenningsDeutscher Kaiser
Franz HerterichAmerik. Hochkommissar
Alfred NeugebauerFinanzminister
Hans RichterReporter
Otto TrelerEngl. Hochkommissar
Hans ZieglerFranz. Hochkommissar
Gerhard RiedmannReitender Bote (uncredited)
Die Wiener SangerknabenSingers

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