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Old 12-27-2018, 04:09 AM   #1
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First underwater hunting film Hans Hass

A synopsis of the film "Underwater Stalking" translated from the German. Note the dates, this film predates Cousteau's first spearfishing film, although the hunting here is given less prominence.

Shot in 1940 with a 16mm Zeiss Ikon Movikon K16 camera in a self-made, waterproof case in front of Curacao. The strip was released by the UFA Berlin. In this partnership was Hass cameraman, actor and comment speaker, the design was taken over in 1941 by UFA director Rudolf Schaad. In order to give the underwater shots from the Caribbean a corresponding frame and to have more intermediate cuts available, was nachgedreht 1941 in Berlin, Vienna and Dubrovnik (camera: Karl Kurzmayer): In the Viennese Krapfenwaldl-Bad was a frame plot with the Austrian actress Helli Servi, which should prepare the audience for the unfamiliar underwater shots. In an aquarium in the film studios in Babelsberg intermediate cuts were made with the help of back projections, showing Hans Hass and his friends with their underwater cameras and hinted stitch scenes. At Dubrovnik, additional cutting material was shot above and below water. Among other things, a scene in which Jörg Böhler dives with a spear in a wooden boat. While staying at Dubrovnik, Hans Hass tested new underwater cameras with Plexiglas housings and photographed in color. Some of these shots can be seen in his book "Photo Hunting under Water" (1942). On May 8, 1942, the premiere was in the Ufa Theater Tauentzienpalast in Berlin. He ran there as a pre-film to "Violanta" by Peter Ostermayr and in the aftermath as a prelude to the newsreels.

and here is the move "Pirsch unter Wasser"
https://youtu.be/OVbOUSsNSrY

The clarity of the movie is astonishing, although not a lot of it shows actual hunting, but considering the date it is breathtaking in the quality of the images.

Note the underwater weapon is a polespear with a breakaway tip that connects via a line to a reel on the butt of the polespear, you can see the reel or line drum in one of the photos of the diver pausing just below the surface as he surveys the hunting opportunities below.
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Old 12-27-2018, 05:00 AM   #2
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Re: First underwater hunting film Hans Hass

The film, which is framed as telling a story to people about the thrills of underwater stalking as practiced by Europeans in the early days of diving, is a complete novelty when first released. The dive equipment is minimal, although the swimmers are suitably athletic and the admiring women are the usual poolside beauties.
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Re: First underwater hunting film Hans Hass

The cutie in the swimsuit is Helli Servi, an Austrian actress in movies in later years. Here she is only 19 years old and this is her first appearance on screen. Helli's film career as listed on the IMDb can be found here.

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0785816/?ref_=tt_cl_t6

Ironically this first role may be her most famous one in the English speaking world given its importance to the foundations of underwater hunting with spearfishing equipment, and actually filming it for a now world-wide audience.

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Helli Servi comes to grips with walking in flippers as she heads unsteadily for the swimming pool.
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Re: First underwater hunting film Hans Hass

Great share. Thanks.
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Re: First underwater hunting film Hans Hass

as a little boy (and spearfished beginner) H. Haas was one of my heroes and I red all the books written.. He did his first steps on the the Dalmatia coast (now Croatia) in the thirties
a pic taken in 1938 showing HH hunting
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