Rhubarb Barbara opens a bar, “Rhubarb Babrbara’s Bar”. Three bearded barbarians come to that bar with their friend, the barber, who likes drinking beer.
The Tongue Twister
Once in a small village there was a girl called Barbara.
Barbara was famous there for her marvellous rhubarb cake.
Because everybody liked Barbara’s rhubarb cake so much, they called her Rhubarb Barbara.
Rhubarb Barbara realized that she could make lots of money with her rhubarb cake.
So she opened a bar which she called “Rhubarb Barbara’s Bar”.
Of course there were soon many regular customers in Rhubarb Barbara’s Bar. The most notorious among them were three barbarians, who visited Rhubarb Barbara’s Bar so often to eat Rhubarb Barbara’s rhubarb cake, that they were soon called the Rhubarb Barbara’s Bar Barbarians.
The Rhubarb Barbara’s Bar Barbarians had beautiful long beards. Whenever the Rhubarb Barbara’s Bar Barbarians had their Rhubarb Barbara’s Bar Barbarians’ beards groomed, they went to a barber’s.
The only barber who could actually groom the Rhubarb Barbara’s Bar Barbarians’ beards was very proud of that and called himself “Rhubarb Barbara’s Bar Barbarians’ Beard Barber”.
After trimming the Rhubarb Barbara’s Bar Barbarians’ beards, the Rhubarb Barbara’s Bar Barbarian Beard Barber and the Rhubarb Barbara’s Bar Barbarians go to Rhubarb Barbara’s Bar to eat Rhubarb Barbara’s rhubarb cake.
After the cake the Rhubarb Barbara’s Bar Barbarians’ Beard Barber likes drinking a beer which he fondly calls Rhubarb Barbara’s Bar Barbarians’ Beard Barber’s Beer.
Acclaimed Film Project at the Freie Werkschule
Students of the Freie Werkschule Meissen won the first prize for their film “Rhubarb Barbara” at the Visionale Media Festival in Leipzig. They had produced the movie together with their art teacher Michael Klarfeld.
The explanatory statement praises their playful examination of growing language deterioration.
The film was shot in a single weekend and the 10th graders made their own costumes, decorated the sets at school and edited the film material.
The two and a half minute film about barbarians, beards and barbers was unanimously acclaimed by the critics in Leipzig, so that they awarded the prize for the best school movie.
Laudation of the “Visionale Media Festival 2009”
This laudation could be started with two arguments for “Rhubarb Barbara”.
On the one hand, the students approached the film medium with something very important: lots of fun! On the other hand, they playfully dealt with the German language in times of growing language deterioration or at least language shifts – without falling back on slang.
The technical quality is amazing for a school project and reminds of feature films, espescially at the beginning. The sets and props were carefully chosen and the costumes were made by the students themselves, which speaks of the enormous amount of work that must have been poured into the movie.
We are looking forward to seeing more productions of the Freien Werkschule Meißen.