Wunder der Schopfung 1925
Hanns Walter Kornblum's "Wunder der Schopfung" ("Our Heavenly Bodies", 1925) is one of the first films to represent knowledge about the universe on screen.

Essentially an illustrated astronomy lecture in the form of a special effects-filled German silent film, "Wunder der Schopfung" is a feast for the eyes. It covers a wide range of topics over the course of its 92 minutes, from the history of astronomy to an imaginary exploration of the solar system and beyond by spaceship, from faster-than-light travel to Einstein's Theory of Relativity. Though science has made innumerable new discoveries and disproved faulty theories the film is, even now, surprisingly relevant, entertaining, and informative. Using all manner of special effects, especially myriad forms of animation, Wunder der Schopfung is an amazing cinematic accomplishment, comparing favorably to contemporary fiction films like Fritz Lang's "Metropolis" and Harry Hoyt/Willis O'Brien's "The Lost World".

"The Einstein Theory of Relativity" (1923), utilizing an American print from the George Eastman House with English inter-titles (with optional German narration), runs 29 minutes and has much the same appeal. It takes highly complex concepts and through visual examples makes them understandable. It's a fascinating little film.

DVD9 | PAL 4:3 | 01:31:35 | 5.74 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Deutsch intertitles (with optional English narration)
Subtitles: none
Genre: Animation, Documentary, Short, Sci-Fi

- A 43-minute audio-only interview - unfortunately in German only - from 1968 with the by-then 90-year-old Kornblum, one of the few records of his career as a filmmaker
- Archival documents presented as a PDF

Download Edition Filmmuseum 43: Wunder der Schopfung / Our Heavenly Bodies (1925), The Einstein Theory of Relativity (1923) DVD9: