Music director Wolfgang Zeller
Country Nazi Germany
|Director Hanns SpringerRolf von Sonjevski-Jamrowski|
Writer Albert Graf von Pestalozza, Carl Maria Holzapfel
Release date 1936
Directors Rolf von Sonjevski-Jamrowski, Hanns Springer
Cinematography Guido Seeber, Sepp Allgeier
Similar movies Victory of the Faith (1933), White Hell of Pitz Palu (1929), The Joyless Street (1925), The Student of Prague (1913), The wandering shadow (1920)
Tagline The Maypole blossoms like you and I
Ewiger Wald is a 1936 German film directed by Hanns Springer and Rolf von Sonjevski-Jamrowski.
The film is also known as Enchanted Forest (International English title)
Commissioned by Alfred Rosenberg's cultural organization Militant League for German Culture in 1934 under the working title Deutscher Wald–Deutsches Schicksal (German Forest–German Destiny), the feature-length movie premiered in Munich in 1936. Intended as a cinematic proof for the shared destiny of the German woods and the German people beyond the vicissitudes of history, it portrayed a perfect symbiosis of an eternal forest and a likewise eternal people firmly rooted in it between Neolithic and National Socialist times.
In accordance with Rosenberg's anti-Christian beliefs, the first section on prehistory displayed various customs and rituals of an asserted pagan forest religion like a maypole dance or funerals in treetrunk coffins. Further, it depicted the forest sheltering ancient Germanic tribes, Arminius, and the Teutonic Knights, facing the German Peasants' War, being chopped up by war and industry, and being humiliated by black soldiers from the French occupation army. The years of the Weimar Republic appeared to be disastrous for people and forest alike to legitimize the assumption of power and thus the film culminated in a National Socialist May Day celebration filmed at the Berlin Lustgarten.
ReferencesEwiger Wald Wikipedia
Ewiger Wald IMDb Ewiger Wald themoviedb.org