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  1. ANTOINE says

    This a c.1919-1920 edition of the \"Messter-Woche\", a weekly German newsreel produced by German film pioneer Oskar Messter. It cannot be much later than this, as Messter sold his production company to the fledgling UFA around 1920. The opening scene features a demonstration of the pioneering Siemens & Halske portable hearing-aid. Appropriately, the delighted deaf girl is sporting the then-fashionable \"earphone\" hairstyle. Unfortunately, the German title cards have been mostly cut from the reel by some over-zealous British editor. However, a single frame survives at 1:44 (reverse printed!), indicating that that scene in question is of 600 of Berlin\'s poorest filling their faces at a dinner for the needy. I could not freeze-frame the next card of the guys off the boat, but they would seem to be returning German WW1 prisoners and/or White Russian refugees. The final scene is apparently a Sudenten-German Cultural event.

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