Changing of the guard at the Palace, short film, around 1900
The changing of the guard in the inner courtyard of the Vienna Hofburg accompanied by a military band (known popularly as the “Burgmurrer”) was a popular event in Vienna urban life. The recording shown here was made for the purpose of increasing patriotic feelings – thus the military ceremony is accompanied by apparently spontaneous shouts of “Bravo”. An attempt was made to synchronise a film recording with a sound recording. This is only possible to a limited extent, which shows all the more strongly the not quite authentic nature of this construction.