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

sung oak sungoak at hotmail.com
Wed Jul 21 11:29:35 EDT 2010

Dear Frank Hoffman,

You can see its TV version at 

I posted it on my website: 



Sung-Deuk Oak


> Date: Wed, 21 Jul 2010 00:29:47 -0400
> From: hoffmann at koreaweb.ws
> To: koreanstudies at koreaweb.ws
> Subject: [KS] DVD, 1925 film by Norbert Weber, "Im Lande der Morgenstille"
> 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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