Period IV

Mittlere Rheinbrücke, 2019. Bild/Photo: TES.

The Basler Belle Epoque

The first film about and in Basel was shown in several halls of the city in the autumn of 1896. It is a 50-second film on the old Mittlere Rheinbrücke (the new one dates from 1903). These and other films about the Belle Epoque in Basel are brought together in a book entitled `Auf der Brücke zur Moderne’.

It is a carefully directed film with several characters from Basel as protagonists. A silk manufacturer, another film pioneer, an academic, an artist and a Jesuit. In between, briefly coincidental passers-by appear, a beer merchant, women and market vendors. What is unique about this first film are the perceptible changes in the weather and even the movements of the Rhine.

The film and other documentation can be found at www.50sekundenbasel1896.ch. The book also gives an anecdotal overview of people, companies and events in 1001 stories. (Hansmartin Siegrist: Auf der Brücke zur Moderne, Basel 2019).