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To Oberammergau and the Alps in an Austin Sixteen

Date produced: 1930

Filmmaker(s):

Eunice Alliott

Eustace Alliott

Description:

(Reel 1) - "First in a series of eight film reels recording Eustace and Eunice Alliott’s trip to and from the Oberammergau Passion Play in 1930, by way of a motor tour through Belgium, Luxembourg and the Rhine, before travelling further south to northern Italy, Liechtenstein and Switzerland, returning to London via Germany and Belgium. The first reel in this series records details of Alliotts' journey through Belgium and Luxembourg. Scenes include: visits to war memorials and observations of activities of local inhabitants. The visits to war memorials notably emphasise connections or interests that Eustace Alliott might have had or felt towards the sacrifices made by engineers or men from Lancashire. Scenes include: the Alliotts' car being loaded on to a ferry at Dover; shots of Ypres, notably the ruins of the Cloth Hall, the Menin Gate and market scenes near the Cloth Hall; visits to war memorials near Ypres, including Hill 60, Zillebeke, the Tyne Cot cemetery and the church at Passchendaele; the journey through Belgium including visits to Courtrai, Tournai, Mons and Namur, where the Alliotts' record celebrations of the centenary of Belgian independence; the journey by the Rivers Sambre and Meuse including their visits to Old Dinant and Chateau de Walzin; and time spent in in the gardens, streets and alleys of Luxembourg. Shots at Belgian war memorials include: a visit to the Hill 60 war memorial, where Eunice, along with members of the Farnham girl guides, inspect a concrete bunker; walk through and inspect a trench at Zillebeke, including a shot of the trench and abandoned munitions (trench now filled in, see http://www.ww1battlefields.co.uk/flanders/hill60.html); a visit to the Tyne Cot cemetery where Eunice inspects the inscription at the base of the Great Cross, including a clear shot of the inscription that has since been corrected (it reads captured by 2nd Australian Division [now corrected to 3rd Australian Division] 24 October 1917); at Tyne Cot Eunice walks past and looks at the Tyne Cot Memorial to the Missing; there is a shot of a headstone of one of the unidentified servicemen of the Royal Engineers; by the side of a road Eunice retrieves a discarded helmet; there is a shot of the Passchendaele church window memorial to British dead from “Duchy of Lancaster”. Shots at Namur for the centenary celebration of Belgian independence include: a procession of soldiers and dignitaries; Eunice with members of a Pierrot troupe, including shots of the troupe in a street procession." (EAFA Database)

(Reel 2) - "Second in a series of film reels recording Eustace and Eunice Alliott’s trip to and from the Oberammergau Passion Play in 1930, by way of a motor tour through Belgium, Luxembourg and the Rhine, before travelling further south to northern Italy, Liechtenstein and Switzerland, returning to London via Germany and Belgium. The second reel in this series records details of Alliotts' journey from Trier along the Moselle and Rhine river valleys [through the demilitarised area of Germany established by the Treaty of Versailles] to Bensheim. Scenes include: tourist attractions and observations of activities of local inhabitants. Shots of tourist attractions include: historic monuments in Trier; a visit to a Traben vineyard; castles along the Moselle and Rhine valleys; the Wilhelm I monument in Koblenz. Shots of local activities include: the market places in Trier and Bernkastel; agricultural labourers in the Moselle valley transporting hay; women and children bleaching linen by the side of the river in Bernkastel; agricultural labourers using ferries near Traben and fruit being picked along the road; river traffic on the Rhine at Koblenz with particular emphasis on the operation of a bridge consisting of boats. The reel concludes with a record of the Corpus Christi street celebrations in Bensheim. Many of the scenes include Eunice Alliott, who walks or drives into shot, or interacts with local inhabitants, or perhaps has persuaded individuals to pose for the camera, such as children at the Roman Basilica in Trier and a two man band in Stoltzenfels." (EAFA Database)

(Reel 3) - "Third in a series of film reels recording Eustace and Eunice Alliott’s trip to and from the Oberammergau Passion Play in 1930, by way of a motor tour through Belgium, Luxembourg and the Rhine, before travelling further south to northern Italy, Liechtenstein and Switzerland, returning to London via Germany and Belgium. The third reel in this series records details of Alliotts' journey from Heidelburg through the Neckar valley and Bavaria to Oberammergau, including shots of Oberammergau and the surrounding mountains. Scenes include: visits to historic monuments and tourist attractions as well as observations of the activities of local inhabitants. Notably, the film reel includes a day out with unidentified friends in Heidelberg and perhaps inadvertently a shot of the presence and activities of the national socialist party in and near Heidelberg. Shots of tourist attractions and historic monuments include Heidelberg Cathedral and square, including a building with the sign ‘National Sozialistische Deutsche Arbeitespartei’; Heidelberg castle; river cruise boats at Neckargemünd; Ulm cathedral; and as the Alliotts' approach Oberammergau shots of the landscape. Shots of the activities of local inhabitants include: children playing by the river at Neckargemünd; a youth rambling group in the Neckar Valley; street scenes in Neckarsulm and a fair outside Ulm cathedral; street scenes in Oberammergau, highlighting the numbers of tourists in the village for the passion play. Many of the scenes include Eunice Alliott, who walks or drives into/ out of shot, such as watching a steam tug on the Neckar or admiring the view at Schongau or leaving Neckarsulm. Both Eustace and Eunice Alliott appear in shot during the picnic at Heidelberg. Notably Eustace Alliott appears in shot at Heidelberg, Schongau and possibly once driving the Austin Sixteen. Eustace Alliott also features in the section following the intertitle ‘Part II – Oberammergau, June 1930’, appearing mountain walking near the Kofel mountain and mountains overlooking Oberammergau." (EAFA Database)

(Reel 4) - "Fourth of a series of film reels recording Eustace and Eunice Alliott’s trip to and from the Oberammergau Passion Play in 1930, by way of a motor tour through Belgium, Luxembourg and the Rhine, before travelling further south to northern Italy, Liechtenstein and Switzerland, returning to London via Germany and Belgium. The fourth reel in this series records details of Alliotts' stay in Oberammergau, focusing on the 1930 Passion Play and their interaction with key members of the cast. Shots include: women washing and drying laundry away from the main streets; the Alliotts' accommodation and host; crowds outside the theatre; official photographs of the production; audience and actors leaving auditorium; meetings with key actors in the production, notably Anton Lang (Prologue) with Eunice; Alois Lang (Christ), Anni Rutz (Mary) with Eunice; Johanna Preisinger (Magdelene); unidentified actor (John); Guido Mayr (Judas) with Eunice." (EAFA Database)

(Reel 5) - "Fifth of a series of film reels recording Eustace and Eunice Alliott’s trip to and from the Oberammergau Passion Play in 1930, by way of a motor tour through Belgium, Luxembourg and the Rhine, before travelling further south to northern Italy, Liechtenstein and Switzerland, returning to London via Germany and Belgium. The fifth reel in this series records details of Alliotts' journey through the Tyrol in Austria, and Italy. The records details of the Alpine scenery and observations of the activities of the inhabitants in the Tyrol, with a particular fascination with agricultural labour and the work of women. Shots include: the Alliotts leaving Oberammergau; flags in Mittenwald celebrating the ‘freeing’ of the Rhine; alpine landscapes in the Tyrol at Seefeld, Reith im Alpbachtal, Lanser Kopfe, Hafelekar, Serles, Vipeteno, Lake Misurina, Croci Pass and Monte Piana; agricultural and rural labour in the Tyrol; women washing laundry in a village in the Stubaithal; road construction near Misurina; the Austin Sixteen off the road ascending Monte Piana, assistance provided by Austrian motorists." (EAFA Database)

(Reel 6) - "Sixth in a series of film reels recording Eustace and Eunice Alliott’s trip to and from the Oberammergau Passion Play in 1930, by way of a motor tour through Belgium, Luxembourg and the Rhine, before travelling further south to northern Italy, Liechtenstein and Switzerland, returning to London via Germany and Belgium. The sixth reel in this series records details of Alliotts' journey through northern Italy from the Dolomites to Lake Como. Scenes include: landscape shots of mountain peaks (including the Dolomites, and mountain peaks at the Stelvio Pass); observations of the local population and activities (including children, villagers, and soldiers who pose for the camera in the Dolomites; village street scenes in the Karerpass [Costalunga Pass]; agricultural labourers engaged in harvesting; fishing on Lake Como; and the progress of road improvements around Lake Como); a stop at a roadside war memorial in the Karerpass and in the Stelvio Pass Eunice examines reminders of war found by the roadside; visits to local sightseeing attractions on Lake Como, as well as boat trip on the lake. Notably, as in other reels, the scenes in this film record work done by women as part of the agricultural workforce and in domestic duties, with shots of women engaged in harvest work and washing laundry." (EAFA Database)

(Reel 7) - "Seventh in a series of film reels recording Eustace and Eunice Alliott’s trip to and from the Oberammergau Passion Play in 1930, by way of a motor tour through Belgium, Luxembourg and the Rhine, before travelling further south to northern Italy, Liechtenstein and Switzerland, returning to London via Germany and Belgium. The seventh reel in this series records details of Alliotts' journey from northern Italy to Switzerland, passing through Liechtenstein. Scenes include: sightseeing in Milan; mountain walks at the Morteratsch glacier and in the Bernina Pass in Switzerland; a stop at a fortified border post in Liechtenstein; sightseeing at Vaduz castle; a meeting with a female peddler; a street scene in Altdorf; views of Lake Lucerne; and a visit to the Rhone glacier. Shots of local sightseeing attractions in Milan include Galleria Vittorio Emanuele and Milan Cathedral; street scenes outside the cathedral; Eunice tours the roof of Milan Cathedral; pan shot from roof over Milan; Eunice walks in the gardens at Santa Maria delle Grazie. Shots in the Alps include Eustace observing the view at the Morteratsch glacier; mountain scenery at the Bernina Pass; views from and in the castle at Vaduz; a peddler in Clausen Pass; female swineherds; the fountain at Altdorf, the river at Andermatt; the Rhone glacier with shots of Eunice walking on the glacier and with other tourists at an ice cavern, as well as of the valley below glacier and the glacier from valley." (EAFA Database)

(Reel 8) - "Final reel (in a series of eight) recording Eustace and Eunice Alliott’s trip to and from the Oberammergau Passion Play in 1930, by way of a motor tour through Belgium, Luxembourg and the Rhine, before travelling further south to northern Italy, Liechtenstein and Switzerland, returning to London via Germany and Belgium. The final reel in this series records details of the Alliotts' return journey from Switzerland through Germany and Belgium to London. Scenes include: unusual sights encountered on the road, records of visits to areas of scenic beauty and sightseeing tours in towns and cities, as well as observations of the activities of local inhabitants. Shots include: an encounter with cattle on the road in Switzerland; waterfalls at the Handegg and Rhine Falls; lumber being moved near Titisee; street scenes at Freiburg, including shots of the market near the cathedral and shots of people wearing traditional clothing; sights in Baden-Baden, Worms, Frankfurt, Louvain and Ghent, including the Luther Memorial, market place in Frankfurt and Van Eyck Monument; observations of activities in Ghent, including a boat being unloaded. The film concludes with a shot of the fountains in Trafalgar Square. Notably, on their return visit to Koblenz the Alliotts' obtain shots of a rehearsal for a visit by Hindenburg, on the Deutches Eck, including a long shot of a small group of national socialists amongst the crowd who perform a salute. Shots also reflect the Alliotts' interest in mechanical engineering (the ferry across the Rhine near Karlsruhe) and dogs (Ghent and Bruges)." (EAFA Database)


Transport

Date produced: 1934

Filmmaker(s):

Agnes Thubron

John Thubron

Description:

"A montage of traffic showing how people and goods are moved about in various countries." (EAFA Database)


Trip to Yesterday, A

Date produced: 1969

Filmmaker(s):

Sidney N. Laverents

Description:

"An entertaining documentary of the narrow-­gauge train ride from Durango to Silverton, Colorado. Spectacular aerial views add to the impact." Oldfilm.org


Two Giants

Date produced: 1936

Filmmaker(s):

Eunice Alliott

Eustace Alliott

Description:

"Two short films of the Hindenburg in its hangar after its maiden journey to the USA and the Queen Mary at either the Clyde or Southampton prior to its inaugural cruise." (EAFA Database)


Under the Maple Leaf [1935]

Date produced: 1935

Filmmaker(s):

Hamilton H. Jones

Description:

"Under the Maple Leaf, a new version of the perennial Canadian travel study by Hamilton H. Jones, ACL, is more beautiful and even more satisfying than its forerunners. Ineligible for current Ten Best, because of the fact that a small part of the present material has been viewed and listed in previous selections, the new release is included in the Honorable Mention category as a tribute to the dexterity with which the material, old and new, has been combined and the high quality of the added color sequences. The same flawless photography and clever sequencing which marked previous versions are again present. The disc sound accompaniment (in revised form) is deftly handled, making a thrilling addition to the film. Color is interspersed successfully with black and white sequences in a way that seems to obviate criticism of the mixture." Movie Makers, Dec. 1935, 553.


Under Your Own Power

Date produced: 1937

Filmmaker(s):

Sidney Moritz

Description:

"The current and widespread revival of interest in cycling is the subject of Under Your Own Power, by Sidney Moritz. Carefully planned, attractively photographed in color and neatly edited, the production is a pleasing and happy record of bright days in the summer sun. Mr. Moritz has shrewdly remembered in his film the predominant human interest of this leisured sport, as well as the lovely scenic vistas to which it leads, and has embroidered both of these subjects with distinctive angles and some successful "effect" shots framed by cycle wheels. Amusing, effective and well worded titles in color round out this highly entertaining etude of modern wheeling." Movie Makers, Dec. 1937, 630.


Utah

Date produced: 1966

Filmmaker(s):

Stanley Midgley

Description:

Stan Midgley travels by bicycle through Utah in this "chucklelogue."


Vacation, A

Date produced: 1937

Filmmaker(s):

Cyrus Pinkham

Description:

"A Vacation with Lucy Carlisle, Margaret Pinkham, Virginia Carlisle." oldfilm.org


West Virginia, The State Beautiful

Date produced: 1929

Filmmaker(s):

Ottis Rymer Snodgrass

Description:

"West Virginia, the State Beautiful is organized as a series of scenic vignettes taken during an auto trip eastward on Route 60, known as the Midland Trail .... This route, first proposed by George Washington in 1783, had been upgraded for automobiles in the 1920s and is portrayed here as a source of civic pride. Rev. Snodgrass probably screened his 75-minute travel documentary for church and civic groups. The five excerpts included here begin with the start of the tour in the border town of Kenova, whose name is laid out in an intertitle (“KEN. O. VA.”) to drive home its derivation from the first letters of the states the town touches: Kentucky, Ohio, and (West) Virginia. In Huntington, Route 60 runs down busy Fifth Avenue and past the International Nickel Company, opened six years earlier and rightly labeled in the titles as the world’s largest nickel alloy plant. Farther east in the higher Appalachians are glimpses of sheer “LOVER’S LEAP” cliffs (before the Hawks Nest Dam was built in the 1930s) and lumber-industry trains geared for the steep hills. Rev. Snodgrass closes with a homemade sing-along slide for the state song, “The West Virginia Hills.”" —Scott Simmon


Western Holiday

Date produced: 1937

Filmmaker(s):

Hamilton H. Jones

Description:

"Western Holiday offered one of those thrills in the sequence of sunrise on Mount Robson. Here Kodachrome caught, with what seemed magic, the first rosy glow on the cold, blue snow, which the continuity of photographic motion permitted to increase, to blossom and, finally, to blaze into a chromatic crown of jewels. To see this on the screen is to enjoy a rare experience. Hamilton H. Jones, in the highly intelligent cutting of his train sequences, gave the student of continuity another of these thrills. Those who are charmed by double turntable accompaniment will recognize the perfection with which an almost impossibly difficult feat of lip synchronization with record scoring has been handled. These are some of the higher spots in a film of unusually high general average. Mr. Jones is a Kodachrome movie maker of proved ability, who has made editing a special art. The film chosen for the first Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Award will be used by Mr. Jones in his work as a lecturer on the vacation advantages of the Dominion of Canada, although it was made as his own enterprise, entirely at his own expense and not for compensation from a client. It is a part of his professional equipment. Briefly reviewed, Western Holiday carries the audience, via Canadian National Railways, from Victoria, Canada's most westerly metropolis, across the Rocky Mountains back to the Eastern Seaboard. Beginning with city views in Victoria and Vancouver, with strikingly colorful parades of the famous Canadian Mounted Police, we visit tourist centers and make trail trips from them. The camera goes into the interior of a glacier, it finds mountain goats and sheep, it clambers over the Continental Divide on horseback. All through the trip, it studies the progress of trains, weaving in and out of tunnels and over bridges. In his personal presentations of this film, Mr. Jones manipulates effects, such as whistles, bells, train noises and other oddments, with something approaching wizardry. In the face of competition of the highest order, Western Holiday is its own justification of preferment." Movie Makers, Dec. 1937, 602.


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