Unique original film recordings from the film archives of Ernst Hirsch capture Dresden's past between 1913 and 2007. You will see unique, irretrievable pictures of what life in this pulsating city also called „Elbflorenz“ (Florence on the Elbe) used to be like on the land, on the water and in the air.
Just like in former times, Dresden once again is regarded as a world-famous city of art and culture and as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. In the film, you can experience the brilliant past of the metropolis located in the picturesque Elbe valley, the destruction of the city on 13th February 1945, and the reconstruction of the historical town ensemble with its unique baroque and renaissance buildings as well as its art treasures. The finishing stroke to the documentary is the reconstruction of the famous Frauenkirche church: from the former mountain of rubble to its completion in a manner true to the original.
Since 1953, Ernst Hirsch, a film director from Dresden, has successfully been shooting documentary and advertising films as well as artist portraits – particularly about the town and art history of Dresden. As the result of decades of collecting, the Hirsch film archives are the largest private film archives holding records on the history of Dresden from 1903 to this day. This documentary was compiled from such records for use at our museum.
Tuesday – Sunday, 11 am – 5 pm, at every full hour
(Duration: 45 minutes, included in the entrance fee)