[KS] DVD, 1925 film by Norbert Weber, "Im Lande der Morgenstille"

Kwang On Yoo lovehankook at gmail.com
Wed Jul 21 21:14:55 EDT 2010

Dear Mr. Frank Hoffmann,

Thank you very much for a wonderful review.
This is the one I will give each of my granddkid yet come.

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Kwang-On Yoo

On Tue, Jul 20, 2010 at 11:29 PM, Frank Hoffmann <hoffmann at koreaweb.ws>wrote:

> Dear All:
> The following DVD publication of a 1925 b/w documentary film by Father
> Norbert Weber (1870-1956) of the German Benedictines seems worth mentioning.
> The DVD was published last year. Yoo Kwang-On was so kind to make me aware
> of this publication. Thanks!
> -------------------------------------------------------
> 고요한 아침의 나라에서 / Im Lande der Morgenstille
> (성 베네딕도회 한국진출 100주년 기념)
> 노르베르트 베버 (Norbert Weber)
> -------------------------------------------------------
> One of several possible order links with further info and still photos:
> http://www.yes24.com/24/goods/3537472
> (You can also order it via Aladin.co.kr or Kyobo.com.)
> The German Benedictines in St. Ottilien have their own printing press, EOS
> Verlag, but since this was published in Korea it is not available through
> them, and thereby not available though any of the usual book distribution
> systems in Europe or the U.S. (However, EOS Verlag has a couple of other
> publications available about their missionary experiences during the first
> half of the 20th century in southern and northern Korea and in Yanbian.
> You may know Norbert Weber's fascinating 1915 book, _Im Lande der
> Morgenstille_. Weber did not live in Korea all these years, but he returned
> in 1925 to produce this now (re)published 118 minutes long documentary.
> Roughly two thirds of the film show scenes of daily life in Korea, some with
> a somewhat "National Geographic" almost (or really) staged kind of
> aesthetics and outview, of course. After all, this is a missionary movie.
> And -- to be expected -- the last third shows the Benedictine's missionary
> work. Keeping this in mind, this is just wonderful material of which you can
> sure use excerpts in any class on traditional and modernizing Korea. Not a
> single Japanese to be seen here! But as Yoo Kwang-On already noted in an
> email, a small Korean boy performing a Cossack (Kaзaчoк) dance! Kalinka,
> Kalinka ...aigo, that is pretty amazing to see in 1925! In any case, this is
> worth getting. There also is a second DVD coming with this publication, 67
> minutes long, were a Korean speaker comments some of the scences -- the
> clean up-to-date nationalist reinterpretation of Weber's missionary view, so
> to say. It's poorly done ... there would have just been so much to say, but
> that might then have disrupted the beautifying statements, I suppose. So, in
> teh end this second film is only good for clarifying some of the places and
> place names, for those less familiar with Korea, is otherwise hardly worth
> viewing.
> In the early 1990s I stayed twice at the St. Ottilien Archabbey (Bavaria,
> southern Germany) and also briefly met with two of the then still alive old
> Korea hands, missionaries who had been there from the 1930s to the 1950s.
> Most impressive was also the monastery's library. Although just a late 19th
> century building, it somehow still had _The Name of the Rose_ qualities to
> it (in my eyes anyway), and it was such an amazing experience to see all
> those 1920s and 1930s publications, partially handwritten Korean language
> books, used to teach kids in their various abbeys in Korea and Manchuria.
> Please note that the first German Koreanist, André Eckardt, son of a Munich
> painter, also started out as a Benedictine monk there. It should also be
> noted that the famous St. Ottilien "Diamond Mountains" (Kŭmgang-san) album
> by Chŏng Sŏn (1676-1759) that was once bought by Norbert Weber and brought
> to St. Ottilien is now back in Korea (at the Waegwan Abbey there, and is on
> display since 2009).
> Best,
> Frank
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