Armchair Alps 1965

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    Travelogue, Pathe Cameraman Stan Goozee in Switzerland.

    Various shots of the spectacular snow covered Swiss Alps. Camera pans from right to left over mountains. L/S of the enormous snow covered Matterhorn mountain. L/S's at the base of the mountains, of the arrival of tourists. Numerous shots of crowds of people sitting at tables drinking and eating outside. C/U of someone at table writing postcard.

    L/S's of cars in car parks. The narrator tells us that cars are banned from the streets of Zermatt. M/S of man climbing onto horse drawn carriage, which pulls away to reveal the word "Taxi" written on the back. M/S's of the taxi driving down the street of the town, various other carriages a can be see as well as electric floats. M/S of small boy on go-kart / go-cart going down street. Nice footage of street scenes in Alpine village, people sitting eating and drinking on tables outside cafes. Various shots of tourists. M/S of elderly climbers walking down street.

    Camera pans right past past tea shop. L/S from horse drawn carriage going down street. M/S of backpackers and hikers. Various shots from inside cog railway carriage moving up mountainside. M/S's of passengers sitting down and looking out at the scenery. L/S from front of train, the track curves around the mountain, trees line the route. Nice shots of waterfall. L/S of sheep running over track. L/S front of train. Entering steel tunnel that protects train from avalanches.

    L/S of train pulling into mountainside station, tourists wait at platform. Various shots of snow covered mountains. M/S of tourists looking through binoculars. L/S of Aeroplane (Swissair) taking off taking tours over the Alps. Various aerial shots of the Alps. C/U from inside plane of woman in red dress looking out of window.

    Various shots of cable cars and chair lifts moving up the mountainsides and valleys. Some very good footage of the snow covered mountains taken from cable car.

    M/S of snow cat and two men approaching it through the snow. M/S of the two men climbing on. Numerous shots of men clinging on as the vehicle works it's way up the hillside. M/S of climber called Otto walking through thick snow making his way up to the Matterhorn.

    Note: print used for transfer is quite badly scratched; mute neg is missing.

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    01:51:23:00 / 01:58:06:00
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  • "L/S of the enormous snow covered Matterhorn mountain" - these views are from the building now known as the Kulmhotel Gornergrat.

    jamied 27th Feb 2014

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