Marschieren, marschieren develops a somewhat strange thesis about nomadic Germanic tribes who supposedly later, as Prussians, invented marching, then touches on the misery of this military mode of motion – “To march has only ever brought us bad luck!” – before returning to the opening notion, “[But we] Germans do like to go hiking”. Once the film has established that hiking “has a completely different rhythm”, the public is sent home with this friendly advice: “When you leave the cinema today, please do not march. Walk or amble or, if you are in a hurry, walk quickly or run”. The warning proved useless: seven years later East and West Germanys’ new armies were again on the march.
Gerhard Born, DE 1949, 8 Min.