This film is largely a "modernisation" of two other films, Filmen om Statsradiofonien (1929, 1670 metres), directed by Otto Schray, and Statsradiofonien (1932, 635 metres), which were augmented with new footage, totalling 282 metres out of the completed film’s 651 metres. Revamping the film, Dreyer wanted to preserve its old form, adding new titles and piano music.
The film shows the beginning of Danish radio. We watch radio pioneers working under primitive conditions, witness the emotional reactions of the first radio listeners receiving broadcasts on headphones, and sample the various programme forms – radio plays, morning callisthenics, news and concerts.
|Production company||Nordisk Films Kompagni for Dansk Kulturfilm og Berlingske Tidende|
|Distributor||Statens Filmcentral/National Film Board of Denmark|
|Release date and place||26.1.1949 / Palladium (presentation for invited audience)|
|Carl Th. Dreyer||Adaptation|
|Carlo Bendtsen||Camera Operator - shootings from 1929 and 1932|
|Nicolai Lichtenberg||Camera Operator - new shootings|