Immersion in the Calmuth Valley.
A production by the Internationale Film-Union, supported by UGC.
The story begins in 1947.
It is set in the former property of Deutsches Jungvolk, future Hitler Youth, and is an account of the fate of the best-known West German cinematic synchronization company.
Originally, the ambitious project foresaw a production department, projection and audience auditoriums, dubbing and mixing booth and facilities to cater for the actors during their stay.
For financial reasons, all this was scaled down.
Nevertheless, over 800 films were dubbed into a number of languages. On the credits, Romy Schneider, Harald Juhnke, René Deltgen...
Fast forward to the sixties: there was work for the Internationale Film-Union. The copying of inflammable cellulose film onto a fireproof medium was added to its workload.
600,000 films were duplicated in this way each year.
In 1967, the spontaneous combustion of cellulose nitrate caused an explosion that destroyed a large part of the reels stored at Calmuth.
Tha damage was incalculable.
As its location in the heart of the forest guaranteed tranquility, and sound recordings could be made there to best effect, orders continued to flow in before dropping off litte by little.
Work became scarce. In 1996, copying was stopped.
The last scene shows the equipment and locations beginning to disintegrate.
Yet the outcome is not a tragedy: bought by a wealthy property-owner, the premises will be converted into a hunting lodge.
The beginning of another story*.
we was today at this location is total dead neu ist ther an new bulding
Bonsoir ! Tout d'abord bravo pour cette magnifique collection de photos d'endroits abandonnés ! J'aurai voulu savoir si ce studio est encore accessible car j'aimerai y tourner un petit court métrage ! Voici le dernier dans le genre que j'ai réalisé (www.youtube.com) si tu pouvais me donner des informations ce serait vraiment sympa ! Bien à toi,
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