German UFA documentary film showing a year in life of an Austrian farming family in the Alps.
'Wien Film - Im Verleih der UFA - Das Bergbauern-Jahr'.
Several scenic shots of Austrian Alps with snow capped mountain peaks. A man walks up the mountain through snow with sleigh on his back. He collects brushwood. Two children walking through heavy snow. Woman weaving. CU. A clock. More shots of the man collecting wood, children walking through snow and the woman cooking food on a large stove. Man going down the slope on sleigh loaded with wood. He gets to his farm. Children also arrive and they all get into a house. Woman helps them with their coats. Old man carving a figure - toy for a little boy. Boy takes it to have a look. Several shots of the family around table, eating. Several shots of a calf suckling and the man milking a cow. Various very good scenic shots of the mountain at arrival of spring, snow is melting, water dripping, spring getting heavier, etc. Various shots of the farm with animals milling around - sheep, pigs, hen with little chicken, cockerels, cat etc. The man sheering sheep with children helping. Little boy strokes sheep's head as the father cuts the wool with scissors. Two men weighing a calf, dog sitting near by. Various shots of the farmers with wives working on land - on mountain side. Several shots of the men ploughing with horses on a slope, quite difficult it seems. Men women and children working on land. Various shots of a village with houses and people moving around. Village church seen. Children going home from school across green fields, blossoms and flowers see - it is summertime. More shots of the family working on farm. People harvesting on slopes. Hay being stored. Woman putting bell around cow's neck to let them go on slopes for a summer. Several shots of the cows on mountain slopes. Several shots of two men and a woman climbing up the mountain with ropes. They cut the grass and clear the mountain side. Man with sheep on mountain side. Dark clouds seen - summer is gone. Man saying goodbye to an old woman in a mountain cottage, he walks down the slopes arriving to a farmhouse, greeted by farmers and family. Cows returning to their winter home. Dark clouds swirling around mountain tops. Various shots of the snow falling, woman cooking on a stove, man sleeping with a cat and chicken around, more shots of heavy snow outside. Man walking up the slope with sleigh on his back - repeated shots from the start of the film - year circle is completed.
Cataloguer's note - brilliant footage of life on the Alpine farm.
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