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Legendary Paddle Steamers

5 x 52' (ENG), 5 x 45 (GER, FRE)
Documentary series about five of the most beautiful and oldest paddle steamers of the world.

Stories, traditions and biographies can be found on the banks of the most beautiful rivers and lakes. The series accompanies steamers en route to harbours. On board, we meet people, look over the railing and together with the ships, draw to a halt. The voyage on board one of the most beautiful and oldest paddle steamers of the world is one of great beauty: ancient picturesque rivers and lakes compete with the nostalgic technical miracles created by man.

As the American Robert Fulton managed to provide ships with steam engines in 1807, a new and important chapter in the history of technical development was written. Today, more than 200 years after the maiden voyage of the paddle steamer “Clermont” on the Hudson River, historical paddle steamers are seen as cultural monuments in motion. These ships, of which some are more than 100 years old, have still lost nothing of their attractiveness. Paddle steamers belong to the world cultural heritage of modern humanity. One cannot travel in a more romantic and stylish way on water.

But the “domains” of these venerable ships are the reason for making a voyage unique: At the banks of the most beautiful and important rivers and lakes, stories, events, traditions and biographies can be found which want to be told. The films of the series “Legendary Paddle Steamers” accompany the steamers on all their routes, on water and on land. We meet people on board, take a look over the railing and draw to a halt together with the ships. When the heavy engines take a rest, the camera makes a shore leave to trace back the things gliding past too hurriedly in full speed.

The voyage on board of the most beautiful and oldest paddle steamers of the world is a contest of great beauties: ancient natural landscapes of rivers and lakes compete with the nostalgic technical miracles created by man.

Episodes:

1. Following the Scottish West Coast with "Waverley"
2. Crossing Lake Mjøsa in the “Skibladner”
3. On the Ohio River with the “Belle of Louisville”
4. On the Elbe with “Diesbar”
5. Across the lake Vierwaldstättersee with the “Unterwalden”

Original Title: Legendäre Raddampfer
Year: 2011
Length: 5 x 52' (ENG), 5 x 45 (GER, FRE)
Resolution: HD
Film by: Matthias Hoferichter, Kerstin Holl, Anne Mesecke
Produced by: Hoferichter & Jacobs, MDR, Arte

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  • Ep1: Waverley

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  • Ep2: Skibladner

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  • Ep3: Belle of Louisville

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  • Ep4: Diesbar

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  • Ep5: Unterwalden

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