1. April 2000

1. April 2000 is a 1952 political satire film directed by Wolfgang Liebeneiner and starring Hilde Krahl, made during the Allied Occupation of Austria (1945–55). The script was reportedly commissioned at the request of the Austrian government, and is a political satire depicting a harmless, potentially congenial future Austria still subject to needless and stifling oversight by the four Allied powers, as established following the defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II (as it was when the film was made). The film was entered into the 1953 Cannes Film Festival.[1]

1. April 2000
Directed byWolfgang Liebeneiner
Produced byKarl Ehrlich
Written byRudolf Brunngraber
Ernst Marboe
StarringHilde Krahl
Josef Meinrad
Music byJosef Fiedler
Alois Melichar
Robert Stolz
CinematographySepp Ketterer
Karl Löb
Fritz Arno Wagner
Edited byHenny Brünsch-Tauschinsky
Distributed byHerzog-Filmverleih
Lewis Productions Inc.
Release date
  • 19 November 1952 (1952-11-19)
Running time
105 minutes

Plot summary

After numerous fruitless negotiations with the Allies about the independence of Austria, the Austrian prime minister prompts his fellow countrymen to shred their four-language identity cards, which have been issued by the Allies, thus sending a clear signal to the world. Thereupon, Austria is charged for breaking the "world peace" at the fictitious "world court". The implicated message is clear: in the same manner as Austria was, in Austria's eyes, falsely indicted for breaking the world peace (1914 and 1939), they are now being indicted again in 2000.

The world court hovers in with its space rocket into Vienna and lands in front of Schönbrunn Palace. The Austrians now have to prove that they are a lovely nation, and that they would never break the world peace. Subsequently, everything which is supposed to make Austria lovely is presented, starting with Mozart, going over Prince Eugene of Savoy, Empress Maria Theresa of Austria, Viennese wine, the Viennese waltz, the mountains, the classic bands, etc. Despite the presented evidence, Austria will be found guilty. Just before the conviction is made, the Moscow Declaration of 1943 is discovered. The declaration clearly states that Austria is to be freed, which happens at the end of the film. Back in the current time of 1952, and in reality, it is bemoaned that those actions and the independence of Austria will not take place until the year 2000.


Actor Role
Hilde KrahlPresident of the Global Union
Josef MeinradPrime Minister of Austria
Waltraut HaasMitzi
Judith HolzmeisterIna Equiquiza
Elisabeth StembergerSekretärin
Ulrich BettacModerator Robinson
Karl EhmannCabinet Chief
Peter GerhardHieronymus Gallup
Curd JürgensCapitano Herakles
Robert MichalWei Yao Chee
Heinz MoogHajji Halef Omar
Guido WielandAlessandro Bibalini
Paul HörbigerAugustin
Hans MoserComposer
Pepi Glöckner-Kramer
Martha Marbo
Eva Payrer
Erika Pirschl
Erna Schickl
Marianne Schönauer
Alma SeidlerReporterin
Anneliese Stöckl-Eberhard
Hansi Stork
Ingeborg WieserAlessandro Vitalini
Karl Bachmann
Theodor DaneggerRuss. Hochkommissar
Karl Eidlitz
Hans Frank
Erik FreyPrinz Eugen
Harry FußFranzl
Hugo Gottschlich
Fred HenningsDeutscher Kaiser
Franz HerterichAmerik. Hochkommissar
Hans Holt
Fritz Imhoff
Fred Liewehr
Heribert Meisel
Alfred NeugebauerFinanzminister
Toni Nießner
Hans RichterReporter
Leopold Rudolf
Stefan Skodler
Ernst Stankovski
Otto TreßlerEngl. Hochkommissar
Hans ZieglerFranz. Hochkommissar
Kurt Bülau
Rita Gallos
Edith Prager
Helmut Qualtinger
Gerhard RiedmannReitender Bote (uncredited)
Die Wiener SängerknabenSingers


  1. "Festival de Cannes: 1. April 2000". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-01-19.
  • Wingrove, David. Science Fiction Film Source Book (Longman Group Limited, 1985)
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