Cactus breeding; gymnast; skiing in Grinzing; boy plays with a telephone
- Event Date
- 1931 February
- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, gift of John Otto Kessler
Lizzy-Film Produktion. "Heute Doppelprogramm" “Wochenschau Feber 1931” [Alice Kessler's amateur version of a weekly newsreel.] “Kakteenzucht Ziechentrick” “Sehr schnell waechst hier der Kaktus, die Pflege man verstehen muss.” A series of cactus graphics appear on screen, interspersed with film of live cacti. Cactus breeding.
01:02:05 “5 Minuten Akrobatik” “Ausgefuehrt von Frau Hilde Altmann Gymnastiklehrerin” “Aufgepasst!!” A woman performs a gymnastics routine indoors.
01:03:17 “Grinzing im Schnee” Passers-by carry wooden skis as they walk through the snowy streets of the Austrian city of Grinzing. “Winter im Garten” Snowy garden (brief). “Waldi Freut Sich” The Kessler Family's small dog (Waldi) frolics through the snowy garden. Hansi (Hans Otto Kessler) is bundled in winter gear and walks down the snowy street. He holds hands and maneuvers through the street with an older man (his father?). Passers-by carry wooden skis. “Hansi in Seinem Element” Hansi walks through the snow. A graphic of a skier along with German text, “Alles Lauft Ski”. Animated graphics of skiing. “Die Ski-Weise” MS, snowy ski hill. Five people ski down a hill holding hands. “Am Steilhang” More shots of the skiers.
01:07:39 “Aufnahmen: Frau Lizzi Kessler” [Lizzy (Alice) Kessler is the mother of Hans Otto Kessler.] “Hansi Beim Telephon. Hansi 2 ¼ Jahre” Hansi sits on a chair with the phone to his ear. “Halllooooo!” “Da Stimmt etwas Nicht!” Hansi continues to play with the phone with holds the speaker end of the device to his face; he is perplexed. “Hochinteressant” Hansi with the phone. ENDE
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Also in Lizzy Kessler Amateur Film Collection
Several reels of 9.5mm film in the Kessler Family Collection portray life in pre-war Austria, as shot by Alice (Lizzy) Kessler, a Jewish survivor of the Holocaust. The amateur films often include graphics, special effects, and titling in German and feature Alice's son, Hans Otto Kessler, and the family pets.
Lizzy Film Produktion. Mitglied des Klubs der Kinoamateure Oesterreichs. “Hansi’s Geburtstagstraum” “Momentbilder bis zum dritten Lebensjahr” “Hansi ein Jahr alt.” Hans Otto Kessler [Hansi] runs around a tree, and then eats an apple. A German title reads, “Hier spielt er Sich mit seinem Hund” Hansi holds a shovel, standing over a small dark puppy in a wheel barrow. A German title reads, “Die Gartenarbeit ist gesund” The child gardens holding a rod of some form and has an object in the mouth. The child giggles and smiles in a bath tub as someone rinses them. “Am Telephon, 2 Jahre alt” Hansi sits on a dark leather couch and plays with a telephone. “Mit 22 Monaten in Kobenzl” An older man in a pin striped jacket feeds chickens with Hansi, two adults in the background. A German title reads, “Das Patterbom” Older man holds the young child. “Mit 23 Jahren” Hansi in a sailor suit sits on a blanket outdoors, cuddling tabby kittens. “In Lovrana” On holiday in Croatia, Hansi floats in a lake, and holds on to a rope for support. “Morgen ist Hansi’s 3. Geburtstag” Hansi in tie and suspenders at a desk playing with toy building blocks. He then rests his head on the desk. “Der Traum” In this dream sequence, Hansi continues to rest his head on the table as a set of candles hazily fades in and out of the shot (special effects). The boy lifts his head and raises his arms while the image of the candles on a cake is reflected on his face. Hansi seems excited, and raises his arms again. The boy appears resting on the desk, surrounded by his building blocks. In another dream sequence, Hansi rides his tricycle over a shot of the boy sleeping with his head on the desk. “Wie Hansi’s Wunschtraum sich erfuellt” Hansi dressed in a Native American costume, playing with a toy train, and tricycle. These toys are his birthday presents. “Ich der bin Springende Hir Ich” “Hugh, ich habe gesprochen!!” Hansi continues with his new indoor tricycle. ENDE
Lizzy-Film Produktion. Mitglied des Klubs der Kinoamateure Oesterreichs. “Unser Hundeparadies” “Sultan, ein Bernhardiner, 3 Monate Alt” “Waldi, ein bissiger Dackel Eva---Mitze” “Hansi, sein herrl, zwei statisten” “Ort Grinzing” “Freunde” Hans Otto Kessler (Hansi) plays with two dogs. The dogs tug on what appears to be a fabric scrap. “Eva stoert den Frieden” The dogs chase a cat and play in the sun. “Drei Monate spaeter” The dogs play in the snow. “Zeit-Vertrib” A woman (possibly the camera operator and Hansi's mother, Alice) entertains the dogs with a stick and they continue to play in the snow. “Sie Fuehren ein Leben wie junge Hunde” The woman throws snow for the dogs to fetch. She then tosses what appears to be her hat in the air for the dogs to catch. “Ein Ausflug” MS, open entryway of apartment/home with sign to the left of the door “Lizzy… “ (?) A man (possibly Alice's husband, Jakob) struggles to walk the dogs as they pull him across the cobbled street with streetcar tracks. Automobiles parked. Passers-by with skis. “Nordpolparadies Grinzing,” The dogs rough-house in the snow. “Heimkehr” Street view, the man again walks the dogs on a sidewalk beside parked vehicles. The dogs are muzzled. “Spiel im Schnee” The dogs play in a snowy, gated garden. The dogs continue to wrestle in the snow. “Wir Halten Zusammen!” The dogs wrestle and chase each other through the gated porch. “Wir Halten Zusammen!” title repeats. Inside, Hansi plays with the dogs. The Daschund sits on an elegant cushioned chair. “Ein Paradiesiches Futter!” The dogs eat from porcelain bowls placed on white towels. Hansi poses in between the dogs. CUs, eating. “Uns Geht's Gut!” The dogs soak up the sun. ENDE
Lizzy Film Produktion. Mitglied des Klubs der Kinoamateure Oesterreichs. “Unsere Lieblinge” “HANSI” “2 ½ Jahre alt” “Sie leben wie Hund und Kat” “Wer ist er” “Bucht Buster Keaton” “Nicht Charlie Chaplin” “ER” Graphics of dogs. “Ruht Friedlich vor Seinem” “Weekendhaus” “Horch! Ein Geraeusch!” Animated dog, dog house. “Was ist denn da los?” Graphics of the dog and dog-house again. “Wutend!” The dog wags his tail while sitting in the dog house. A cat appears. “Die Streitlustige Nachbarin” “Sie!” “Animated cats standing on top of a building, hissing at the barking dog. “Auf einen wurf!” Cats hiss at barking dog. “Sehen wir uns die beiden in natura an” “zu ebener erde” Shifts to actuality film of Waldi in his dog house lined with hay. He jumps out of the dog house. “Und im ersten stock” Cats play in a small wooden structure. A mother cat bathes the kittens. “Bei der Malzeit” Four cats drink milk and play in a film camera carrying bag. Hans Otto Kessler (Hansi) plays with one of the cats. The cat is on his shoulder. Hansi holds and cuddles the cats. 01:04:34 “Aufgepasst!” “Hansi erzhalt eine Geschite!” Hansi sits in a rocking chair outdoors. “Eine Kleine Magenstaerkung?” CUs, Hansi in the rocking chair. “Waldi Freut Sich” Waldi, the daschund, runs around the yard. “Sein Leibgericht” Waldi sniffs the grass. “Ersatz fuer punktroller?” Waldi runs and rolls around in the grass. “Waldi will spazienen Gehen” Waldi plays in the yard with a man. “Hansi Arbeitet” Hansi sweeps with a broom. “Eine wichtige angelegenheit” “Gabelfruehstueck” Hansi sits on a blanket in the yard eating something. He tries to remove the cork from a bottle. “Kann nicht!” The child serves himself from the bottle and takes a sip. “Der Wein ist etwas sauer” Hansi eats and drinks. “Der Tierfreund” Hansi plays with the cats. He holds and cuddles them. The cats walk on a cushion. “Idyll” Hansi continues to play with the cats when Waldi, the daschund appears. 01:10:11 “Hansi in Schoenbrunn” The child goes to Schoenbrunn. “Zebras” Hansi observes the zebras and walks around with a man (possibly his father, Jakob). They hold hands. Hansi looks at the zebras. “Wisente” Shot from behind, Hansi looks at the bison. “Bison!” More shots of the bison. “Beim Schonbrunner” “Peppi.” Animated elephants running. Switches to footage of the elephants at the Schoenbrunn visited by Hansi. “Eisbar” Polar bear in cage. “Tiger” Tigers visible inside gate. “Der Loewe scheint sich zu langweilen” Graphics of a lion. Switches to footage of the female lions in the Schoenbrunn, yawning. “Auf Wiedersehen” ENDE