The Battle of Morgarten

[original title:  Morgarten findet statt]

Switzerland 1978. DCP 4:3; 35 mm; 16 mm, colour, 96 min.

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In "The battle of Morgarten“ we see how Morgarten – a symbol of freedom – is celebrated and interpreted today.

DirectorErich Langjahr und Beni Müller
PhotographyJohann Gfeller, Erich Langjahr, Werner Meier, Otmar Schmid
SoundRoger Bonnot, Hanspeter Fischer, Justice Olsson, André Pinkus, Reiner Stahel
EditingErich Langjahr, Beni Müller
CollaboratorsRecherchen: Hartwig Thomas
Stagiaires: Mireille Eigner, Su Meili
Mischung: Georges Juon
Duration96 min.
FormatDCP 4:3; 35 mm; 16 mm
Shooting format16mm 4:3
VersionsDCP 4:3, Schweizerdeutsch, Untertitelversion deutsch und französisch
35mm, 96 Min., Farbe, Lichtton Dolby SR, 1:1.37 - 1:1.66, Schweizerdeutsch
35mm, 96 Min., Farbe, Lichtton Dolby SR, 1:1.37 - 1:1.66, Schweizerdeutsch, untertitelt deutsch/französisch
Sales DVD/VideoDVD, VHS   [order]
FestivalsSolothurn, Nyon, Lille (FR), Cannes (FR), Paris (FR) Cinéma du réel und L'homme regarde l'homme, Mannheim (DE) und Leipzig (DDR), Hamburg (DE), Wels (A), Linz (A)
ScreensProgrammkino in Zürich, Schwyz, Zug, Luzern und Baden; Parallelverleih (CH); 
Deutschland: Hamburg, Dortmund.
TV broadcastsDRS, TV Suisse Romande, 3sat
ProductionLangjahr-Film GmbH, Luegstrasse 13, CH-6037 Root
Tel. +41-41-450 22 52 – Fax +41-41-450 22 51
E-mail: info@langjahr-film.chsend this messagewww.langjahr-film.ch
World RightsLangjahr-Film GmbH
Distribution Switzerland
and international
Langjahr-Film GmbH, Luegstrasse 13, CH-6037 Root
Tel. +41-41-450 22 52 – Fax +41-41-450 22 51
E-mail: info@langjahr-film.chsend this messagewww.langjahr-film.ch
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Suisa number0080.868

Press review

This film examines the way in which the battle of Morgarten is understood and realized today. "Is it patriotism, the instinct of self-protection, or simply a typically Swiss pleasure in festivities enjoyed year after year by the participants at the Morgarten Festival, asks the speaker at the end of the festivities. The pathos of the speech points to patriotism, the shooting competition to the instinct  of self-protection; but the images in the film clearly indicate the tendency of the festivities.. In the writings of Gottfried Keller, who has provided us with the finest description of this festival, the festivities of the past become part of the present. The festival depicts the essential being of a community, and it also represents the embodiment of the nation. This ideal situation, as perceived by Keller, is sadly lacking today, and this fact is made all too evident by this film."

Luzerner Neuste Nachrichten, Kurt Büchi