FILM | Orvuse on Oanwe – Hello in Vienna

FILM-orvuse«Vienna’s last original doodlers | a Film von Christina Zurbrügg»

Orvuse On Oanwe means “Hello in Vienna“ in the language of the old Viennese folksingers. Trude Mally, Poldi Debeljak and Luise Wagner were the last ones of their kind who had mastered the almost forgotten art of “tootling”, a Viennese version of yodeling.

The life stories of these three old ladies and of the singing landlady Anny Demuth are quirky, sentimental and full of zest for life. A journey through the past, scarred by war, turmoil and strokes of fate, characterized by the love of singing. The film project about the Viennese Yodeling was granted the patronage of the Austrian Commission for UNESCO.

Woman power in a surprising way.“ (Dr. Ursula Hemetek)

New version on DVD: 60 min. / 4:3 / stereo /
German with english subtitles (A 2013 / 1998)



With: Trude Mally, Poldi Debeljak, Luise Wagner, Anny Demuth, Pepi Matauschek
Directed by: Christina Zurbrügg
Cinematographer: Heinz Brandner, Renée Kellner, Wolfgang Thaler, Robert Winkler
Editor: Zuzana Brejcha (1998), Michael Hudecek (2013)
Animation: Martin Auer
Music: Reinhard Ziegerhofer
Production Company: GAMSfilm 1998 / 2013



Cities have their own face and their own voice. A city is a big landscape in itself. The tootlers are the voice of this landscape – unmistakably and unique. (Dr. Erhard Busek)

As a music ethnologist I often discuss objectivity of documentary films. This one is subjective – due to curiosity, innocence and affection. And that is its strong point. (o.Prof. Dr. Gerlinde Haid)

This film is a first class ethnological document in the methodic tradition of oral history, it is a superior artistic product and it conveys woman power in a surprising way. The combination of the scientific, the artistic and the sociopolitical approach makes it distinctive and precious. (Dr. Ursula Hemetek, Institute for Ethno Music Research)

“Orvuse on Oanwe” succeeds in presenting the snapshot of an art form, shortly before it would have been lost irretrievably. And it does so with the fulfilled aspiration of an artistic visual process. (Peter Wustinger, Kunst-Stücke)

“Vienna’s Last Tootlers” is an excellently made film. One tends to forget about the poverty of everyday life because of its abundance of emotions. And this film has a lot of them. (Eberhard Görner, Director, Berlin)

A pioneering feat for the conservation of female treasury of song. (AUF)