O, Vrba

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O, Vrba is a key Slovene pre-war documentary film.[1] It was commissioned by the Educational Union (Slovene: Prosvetna zveza), directed by Mario Förster (sl) and produced in 1941 under the auspice of the company Emona Film.[2] Its first internal premiere took place in the beginning of 1942.[3] Due to the cultural silence imposed in the Slovene Lands during World War II, it was released only in 1945 by the State Film Company.[2] It is a short black and white film that shows the Prešeren House after it was opened as a museum, on the day when the authors found out about the German assault on Poland, reflected in a dark atmosphere of clouds traversing the Karawanks.[4] The film reflects Förster's fine feel for light and composition.[2] It contains voice recordings of the writer Fran Saleški Finžgar, who led the arrangement of the house, and of the poet Oton Župančič, who recited the Prešeren's poem O Vrba.[4] The music, written by Janko Gregorc (sl), was the first original Slovene film music.[1] The montage and mixing of sound and picture were done by Rudi Omota (sl).[1]


  1. ^ a b c Marinko, Roman; Rau Selič, Marta (2007). Bogatitev filmske slike in zvoka skozi čas – obnova filma O, Vrba [Enrichment of Film Picture and Sound Through Time – Restoration of the Film O, Vrba] (PDF). Razmere v arhivskih depojih ; (Ne)znano v arhivskih fondih in zbirkah ; Medarhivsko sodelovanje: zbornik referatov [The Situation in Archive Deposits; (Un)known in Archive Deposits and Collections; Interarchival Collaboration: A Collection of Papers] (in Slovenian and English). pp. 208–211. COBISS 899445. 
  2. ^ a b c Rezec Stibilj, Tatjana (2010). J. Gubenšek, Taja, ed. "Živeče" fotografije so prišle na Slovensko! : kratek pregled vidnejših snemalcev na Slovenskem od 1895 do 1941 ["Living" Photographs Come to the Slovene Lands!: A Short Review of Prominent Cameramen in the Slovene Lands Since 1895 Until 1941] (PDF). Togetherness: zbornik II Miscellany II. pp. 10–15. ISBN 978-961-91849-4-3. 
  3. ^ "Dialogi". 3. Založba Obzorja. 1967: 53. ISSN 0012-2068. 
  4. ^ a b "Filmi iz okupirane Ljubljane" [Films from the Occupied Ljubljana]. MMC RTV Slovenija. RTV Slovenija. 9 May 2008.