A sailor and his girl pack up all their belongings, enjoying the safety of the mainland for the last time, for they are to take ship. They go down to the harbor for the farewell. The rhythm of the ship’s engines lets them forget their daily cares. For they are now embarking on a voyage into the strange wide world. Despite their numerous new and exciting encounters, man remains always at the center. It is he who is confronted with war, death and destruction, but also with love, dance and grand festivities. It is the melody of the world which, despite the sailor’s daily life and work, ensures a great experience.
A documentary film by Walter Ruttmann, "Melody of the World" was in its time promoted as the first full-length German sound film.