1. April 2000

  • Hilde Krahl: President
  • Josef Meinrad: Prime Minister
  • Waltraud Haas: Mitzi
  • Judith Wood Master: Ina Equiquiza
  • Curd Jürgens: Capitano Heracles
  • Hans Moser: Composer
  • Paul Hörbiger: Augustin
  • Erik Frey: Prinz Eugen
  • Alma Seidler: reporter
  • Theodor Danegger: Russian Commissioner
  • Ulrich Bettac: Moderator Robinson
  • Helmut Qualtinger: The Russian of the Four in a Jeep

April 1, 2000 is a satirical science fiction film by director Wolfgang One Love, which was produced in 1952 on behalf of and funding by the Austrian Federal Government. The director was a star-studded available at this frequently to law as a "state film" designated work: Hilde Krahl, Josef Meinrad, Curd Jürgens, Hans Moser, Paul Hörbiger, Helmut Qualtinger. Authors of the screenplay were Ernst Marboe and Rudolf Brunngraber. After the premiere on November 19, 1952 at the Apollo cinema Chancellor Leopold Figl held at the City Hall festive Opening Night Party, including the numerous contributors were invited. The film is one of 150 films, which were published in the edition " The Austrian film " on DVD.


There is 1 April 2000 and the newly elected government is sworn in by the High Commissioners. After countless, fruitless negotiations with the Allied victors over the independence of Austria within the last 55 years, the Austrian Prime Minister calls on his countrymen to break their four languages ​​, issued by the Allies identity cards to send out a message. Austria is then indicted by the Allies before the world court of the collapse of world peace. The implicit message is clear: Just as Austria has been accused twice in his eyes innocently of the fraction of world peace (namely 1914 and 1939), this will be done, in the fictional 2000, again. The Last Judgement floats with his rocket in Vienna and lands in front of Schönbrunn Palace. The Austrians must now prove that they are a such gracious people that they never could break the world peace. From Mozart to Prince Eugene, Empress Maria Theresia, Vienna's wine, the Viennese Waltz, the mountains, music bands etc. everything is brought forth, making Austria supposedly lovable. When the country finally yet is close to a conviction, we find the (not fictitious) Moscow Declaration of 1943, which says to give Austria the independence again, what happens as the end of the film. Back in the present, however lamented that this would everything be done only in 2000.


It is a science fiction film that would serve the one hand, give the Austrians after the breakup of Austria by Germany in 1945, a specific " Austrian consciousness" to which and from Germany and thus also from the Second World War, the Holocaust demarcated. Ironically familiar to this task a director of, during the time of National Socialism had a significant influence on filmmaking.

The film works very argumentative with the typical mentality and retouchierter history ( and newly found identity? ) Constructed not only from within, but was also quite common, for example, by the British occupying power. This initial advantage made ​​the two - team Brunngraber - Marboe useful, apparently to propagate to the towards the outside already existing image of the boozy as peaceful Austrian.

Arguing With this assumption, a strong signal through the film on the other hand should be given to the Allies, Austria finally be a state contract that would give the country back its sovereignty. This wish was finally granted in 1955, the Austrian State Treaty. The political effects of the film in this regard can be estimated to be extremely low, as even many Austrian newspapers, in the foreground in this case especially the communist leaves, those " Austrian comedy" as the treaty process einstuften little useful.

In the scenes of the Four in a Jeep the 24 -year-old Helmut Qualtinger has its a movie role as a Russian.