This 1950s black and white film “Castles in the Clouds” is presented by Lufthansa German Airlines and is a tour through Germany versus castles themselves. The host is Skitch Henderson, a pianist, conductor, and composer and eventually, founder of The New York Pops orchestra at Carnegie Hall. Classical music by Beethoven, Bach, and Brahms is played throughout the film. A propeller spins on the Lufthansa Superstar Constellation. Skitch fastens his seatbelt and looks at a map. His seat fully reclines back for a nap. A view down the wing is shown (:18-1:34). In Berlin, a vendor hawks newspapers and magazines (1:35-1:44). A 1938 Volkswagen Beetle passes, followed by others (1:45-1:57). Hamburg is represented by a horse-drawn carriage and the ferry Tarpenbek (1:58-2:42). The Cologne Cathedral dates to 1248 (2:43-3:05). A shrine houses statues of the Crucifixion (3:06-3:29). Shown are the Cathedral statues, towering sanctuary, and stained-glass windows (3:30-4:35). Statues are carved out of wood in Oberammergau, also known for its Passion Play (4:36-5:12). Mozart was from Salszburg, where a music and drama festival is held annually (5:25-5:54). The region is known for exquisite porcelain figurines (5:55-6:10). Skitch receives a large tray of food from the stewardess (6:11-6:21). A statue of Mozart is in the square (6:22-6:30). Visitors tour Beethoven’s house in Bonn; shown are his scores, organ, and last piano (6:31-7:48). Pastoral scenes include oxen plowing, a woman hoeing, a horse-drawn farm wagon with a dachshund riding in it, and a rooster (7:49-9:00). There are views of mountains, lakes, and rushing streams. A child puts a tiny boat in the water, a couple rows by, as does a two-man kayak (9:01-9:58). A woman and child wave at a passing boat (10:24). A child picks flowers in a field and brings them to Skitch, who is in a Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing (W198) car (1954-1957), with its doors open (11:29-11:57). A collection of steins and Hummel figurines are for sale in Munich (12:05-12:33). A wall is plastered with opera and concert announcements (12:34-12:51). An orchestra plays in an amphitheater (12:52-13:30). A figure skater and children roller skate, bicycles and scooters pass, and a man bicycles with a cart of laundry behind (13:31-13:59). The playground has children playing (14:05-14:30). Different types of dogs are shown (14:31-14:45). A vendor hands a child a bratwurst (14:46-15:04), Skitch tries a Berliner donut (15:05-15:18). A girl holds a 1950s celluloid baby doll (15:19-15:25). Skitch talks to a young chimney sweep (15:31-15:43). The Margravial Opera House is in Bayreuth (16:00-16:13). Sets are built in the Festival Theatre; costumes, shoes, and props readied (16:14-17:09). Various Bavarian architecture and fountain statues are shown (17:10-18:36). An elderly woman hand sweeps and a basket of items is lifted to the attic (18:37-18:52) A giant cuckoo clock is shown (18:53-19:09). Skitch visits multiple unnamed German castles (19:28-20:39). The 300SL pulls up and the door rises and closes (20:40-21:56). Scenes flash by of Heidelberg, Neumunster, Lindau, the Black Forest, Baden-Baden, Hamburg, and Lorelei (21:57-24:07). An aerial tramway moves through the mountains (24:08-24:16).
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