Wanted: The First Carinthian Feature Film from 1917

The silent film "Der schwarze Chauffeur" (literally: "The Black Chauffeur") produced in 1917, is considered lost. It was directed by Joe May, who was born in Vienna, and the screenplay was written by Michelangelo Baron Zois from Carinthia. The leading roles are played by silent film stars Mia May - the director's wife - and Bruno Kastner. Since it is the oldest feature film shot in Carinthia, Kinomuseum Klagenfurt is actively searching for a copy in collaboration with film historians and film archives.

The short film "Wanted: The First Carinthian Feature Film from 1917" aims to encourage cinema-goers to join the search in order to potentially give this story a happy ending.

  • Klaus Pertl
  • Klaus Pertl
  • Nikolaus Lapan
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    Dringend gesucht: Der erste Kärntner Spielfilm von 1917
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    45 seconds
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    September 6, 2023
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    500 EUR
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Director Biography - Klaus Pertl

Klaus Pertl worked for many years as a TV director for the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation and now heads the Klagenfurt Cinema Museum on the Lendkanal. He is particularly interested in the search for the oldest feature film shot in Carinthia in 1917, "Der schwarze Chauffeur".

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