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Description: A overview of the town of Oberammergau and its famous Passion Play in 1950
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Clip #: TFA-47A
Length: 7:46
Year: 1950
Color: B/W
Sound: Silent
Library: TFA Network
Decade: 1950s
Region: Europe
Country: Germany
City: Oberammergau
Original: 16mm
04:01:06 - 04:06:01 >>> B/W - Intro to German language film by Globus Film � Woman and young daughter walk up to outdoor shrine to Christ and pray, ZI Christ on cross, sign �Oberammergau � Kreis � Garmisch-Partenkirchen�, a mountain road with autos in Bavarian Alps. LS the Kofel mountain summit, HA PANs snow topped Bavarian Alps and town. Various in town, man in ox drawn cart, bus, various typical fresco decorated house, church, children at Christ on the cross statue in town square, MSs various actors, a rabbi, bearded man sawing wood, MS statue Mary and baby, Man chiselling wood outdoor Christ display. Various outdoor Christ on Cross and Virgin Mary displays. 04:06:02 - 04:08:52 >>> LS and shots building where Passion play is performed. Various, Passion play being performed on stage, continuation as the many people in cast fill stage, Christ actor enters center stage, play continues to end. CU statue Christ on the Cross.

The Oberammergau Passion Play was first performed in 1634 and is the result of a vow made by the inhabitants of the village that if God spared them from the effects of the bubonic plague then sweeping the region they would perform a passion play every ten years. The play is now performed in years ending with a zero, except 1984 which was the 350th anniversary, and involves over 2000 performers, all residents of the village

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