Thank you to everyone who supported us
and our Petition *NO to sunset the FILMCITY VIENNA* signed.
We were convinced and have wished heartily on behalf of all and for future generations, that we would succeed with the petition to rescue the "Rosenhügel film studios". Years, months, we have been confident and we hoped to convince and thrilled many people - so that a strong community accrues of artists, lovers, people from near and far, which are able to be a strong protection shield for the "Rosenhügel film studios". Art and history - that concerns us all !!
Unfortunately this is not managed, despite great effort.
Perhaps it gives in our modern times really a lack of idealism, enthusiasm and courage for commitment to a cause - for the benefit of all with sustainability.
The year is 2015 and the ubiquitous lobbyism has once again won the victory.
The "Rosenhügel film studios" do not longer exist.
Everything has been torn down and leveled. Soon will built a shopping mall and apartments too for very high rents there.
"Living on the Rose Hill" - a slogan with exclusive sound. So tenants and home buyers are lured. - Finally, on this piece of earth the "Sissi" films were created; with Romy Schneider and Karl-Heinz Böhm as the main characters.
What remains is now only the memory of former times.
Disappointment is spreading, despite our Engaments the studios to save from demolition; and an oversized sadness reigns in us over the loss of the area`s historic film career.
What remains is the lack of understanding about the fact that for many people the historic value/importance was ignored - and possible future financial returns by further operation and/or by guided tours for tourists, would not be recognized from those responsible.
Remained the powerlessness and the words with which fairytales and stories begin:
Once upon a time ..
"Filmcity VIENNA former Rose Hill Studios"
The "Rosenhügel film studios" were built between 1919-1923 in the southern part of Vienna by the "Vita-Film", which was founded in 1919. They were then the most modern and largest studios in Austria. Even their competitors, the "Sascha-film" in Sievering (Vienna) they could defy.
Still during construction, filming were carried out - and so kept the first silent film (epic film) "Samson and Delilah" entry into the cinemas - production costs back in the days: 12 million Austrian crowns.
Because the economic crisis, the "Vita-film" was very struck and had to close - hence the "Sascha-Film-AG" (fused together with "Tobis film") had undertaken the studios. Pretty soon joined the German "Tobis-sound film-Syndikat"
into this AG too. Although the studios were modernized and brought up to date for the sound film from 1933, the bitter aftertaste was present. Representing the Films of Vienna these days - they make shots on location "Rosenhügel film studios" and so the film "Masquerade" in 1934 accrues with Paula Wessely.
After 1934, however, the studios were rented out exclusively to other producers, for example, "Mondial movie".
From historical background, the merger "Tobis-Sascha" was dissolved and refounded under the name "Wien-Film-GmbH" - which was this time with all its studios, including those, at the "Rosenhügel" one of the largest film producers.
The "Wien-Film GmbH" existed a total of 47 years from 1938 to 1985.
From 1945 until 1955, the "Rose Hill Studios" under the Soviets were called "Wien-Film at Rose Hill" and were continued - because it was to claim a German ownership accordingly the division by 4 Allied Powers. After that they went as the "Wien-Film" in state ownership over. Due to lack of interest on the continuation of the film production, the studios at *Rosenhügel* were leased up in turn for other producers till for sale in 1966 to the ORF. (ORF => Austrian Broadcasting Corporation, the largest (public law) media provider in Austria). Unfortunately long time thereafter, then not until in 1976 movies were filmed at “Rosenhügel" again.
In 1990, the "studios at Rosenhügel" threatened the utter demolition in favor of a shopping center, but which could be averted with the help of the City of Vienna and waistband. Four film producer and entrepreneur taken initiative. So they have founded the "Filmstadt Wien StudioGesmbH" and signed a lease. Renovated and as "Four-Wall-Studio-operation with film-industry park" the studios were reopened in 1996 and were rented to film and television companies.
In the 32,000 m² large and conveniently located Filmstadt, with 6 production halls - 20 companies established there until 2014. Technically and organizationally, the film city was able to satisfy current and future domestic and foreign productions each with individual needs.
Now everything is in the past - sold to an investor for 16.8 million euros for the construction of apartments and shopping center. Until the end of 2014 was still studioproduction (in Hall 5) for the"Barbara Karlich Show".
Demolition of buildings - Early spring 2015th.
Unanswered, the question remains:
Can new apartments really replace the uniqueness of the "Rosenhügel film studios"
and the art-historical loss??
In the hearts of all of them, which for filming engaged artist, performer and Regiesseure, etc. ..
and all of them there employees (us included) technicians, stylists, stagehands, and many others more, ..
the "Rosenhügel film studios" - our "Filmcity Vienna" will remain in everlasting remembrance; and also all the wonderful days there.
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