This film examines the way in which the battle of Morgarten is understood and realized today.
"Is it patriotism, the instinct of self-protection, or simply a typically Swiss pleasure in festivities enjoyed year after year by the participants at the Morgarten Festival, asks the speaker at the end of the festivities. The pathos of the speech points to patriotism, the shooting competition to the instinct of self-protection; but the images in the film clearly indicate the tendency of the festivities.. In the writings of Gottfried Keller, who has provided us with the finest description of this festival, the festivities of the past become part of the present. The festival depicts the essential being of a community, and it also represents the embodiment of the nation. This ideal situation, as perceived by Keller, is sadly lacking today, and this fact is made all too evident by this film."
Kurt Büchi, Luzerner Neuste Nachrichten