Fascinating film about the building of new motorways in Germany in the 1930s.
Intertitle reads: "A Tobis-film of the RIDV" (or could be RDV). By Richard Scheinpflug. Photography: Hans Wüftemann. Music: Hans-Otto Borgmann. Sound system: Tobis-Klangfilm.
Tower with a sculpture of an eagle standing on top of a sphere with a swastika on the side. Map of Germany - lines appear to show locations of new motorways. Shot of men marching with shovels. Men working in trench, shovelling earth. Majestic C/Us of the workers, shovels, picks etc. Explosions. Mechanical diggers move earth. Steam trains. Construction in process. Riveting, hammering, welding etc. Bridges under construction. A car breaks tape across a new motorway - Hitler stands in the front of the car and salutes. A cavalcade of cars follows on - shot from high angle as cars move away. Autobahn sign. C/U of fronts of cars. Barrier being lifted. Prow of large liner - Europa? A car is lifted off a cargo ship. Cars with English number plates.
Top shots of German cities. Scenics - men lifting hay onto a wagon, lake by side of motorway etc. Travelogue sequence featuring many German cities interspersed with shots of the Autobahn - some point of view shots from moving vehicle. Bremen. Sign for Koln am Rhein. Scenic shots of the Rhine. Girls in traditional costumes pick grapes and eat them. Frankfurt. Airship above the fields. Good petrol station shots. An attendant checks air pressure and water and gives Nazi salute. Deer running by the side of the road. Frankfurt and Mannheim signs. Heidelberg. Stuttgart. Women and men in traditional dress. München. Horse and cart. Shots of large motorway bridges from underneath. Mountains. Road signs for: Traunstein, Siegsdorf, Ruhpolding and sign for Deutsche Alpenstrasse. Views of mountains, cable cars, chalets, rivers, man fishing, rock climbing, waterfalls, outdoor cafe. Sign for Reichenhall Berchtesgaden. Scenic views. C/U of car wheels turning and of front of car - Mercedes. Leipzig. Dresden. Shot of fountains. Breslau. Stettin. Berlin. Good aerial shot of city.
Note: There is no commentary to this film but music throughout.