Melody of the World

Melody of the World (German: Melodie der Welt) is a 1929 German film directed by Walter Ruttmann. It is also known as World Melody. The film is structured like a symphony and consists of documentary footage from all over the world, contrasted and juxtaposed to show a number of human activities as they take form in different cultures. There are also staged scenes with actors.

Melody of the World
Theatrical release poster
Directed byWalter Ruttmann
Produced by
  • Guido Bagier
  • Heinrich Mutzenbecher
Written byWalter Ruttmann
Music byWolfgang Zeller
  • Reimar Kuntze
  • Wilhelm Lehne
  • Rudolph Rathmann
  • Paul Holzki
Edited by
  • Walter Ruttmann
  • Erna Hölzel
Release date
  • 27 July 1929 (1929-07-27) (Deutsches Kammermusikfest)
  • 10 May 1930 (1930-05-10)
Running time
48 minutes

The film was produced by Tonbild-Syndikat AG as an assignment from Hapag. It has an original score by Wolfgang Zeller. It was advertised as Germany's first feature-length sound film.[1]


  • Ivan Koval-Samborskij as sailor
  • Renée Stobrawa as sailor's wife
  • Grace Chiang as Japanese woman
  • O. Idris as Malayan temple dancer
  • Wilhelm Cuno as general director of Hapag


The world premiere took place on 27 July 1929 at the Deutsches Kammermusikfest in Baden-Baden. The film was released in regular German cinemas on 10 May 1930, distributed by Deutsches Lichtspiel-Syndikat AG.[1]


  1. "Melodie der Welt". (in German). Deutsches Filminstitut. Retrieved 2015-05-20.
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