Silent Night: Story of a Christmas carol

United States, 1953

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Dramatises the story of how “Silent Night” was originally written. Beginning with a wandering group pf American carollers, the story slips back to Austria in 1818. In the little town of Aberndof, Father Mohr, the vilalge priest, was struck with the beauty of Cristmas Eve and wrote a Christmas poem. His friends, Franz Gruber, the teacher-choirmaster, composed musisc for the poem and the song spread over Austria until it became a Christmas carol, popular in every corner of the globe.


production company

Coronet Instructional Films



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United States
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Subject categories

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Christmas

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Christmas

Music & Performing Arts → Christmas music

Music & Performing Arts → Songs

Short films

Short films → Short films - United States




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16mm film; Preservation Print (Section 5)

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