Under Blue Skies AKA Under Blue Sky 1960-1969

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    Documentary made for the Nuffield Organisation. Photographed and Produced by Morris Motors Limited Cine Department. Laboratory Work by Denham Laboratories. Recording by Associated British Pathe Ltd. Date unknown - possibly 1960s.

    Film begins with scenic shots of snow capped mountains - a sombre and poetic voiceover accompanies the images. Travelogue style footage of Zurich, Switzerland. Narrator tells us that Switzerland is like a over-full jewel box - to find the jewels we must travel - in a Morris car of course (a Morris Oxford Saloon). There follows many shots of the Morris car travelling through Zurich passing various landmarks. Car travels through little hamlets and villages - all very picturesque. Holiday resorts featured include Zug, Luzern, various lakes, Kusnacht, Weggis, St Gotthard and Brunnen.

    Car travels along lakeside road. Car passes through tunnel cut out of rock - Axenstrasse. Onwards to Fluelen, Altdorf where William Tell and his son are honoured, Reuss Valley and Susten Pass.

    Towards the end of the film the narrator begins to sing the praises of the Morris Oxford Saloon - how well it can tackle the steep Swiss roads etc. Children sell bunches of wildflowers to the driver of the car. Tourists take photographs of the spectacular views. The car reaches the Vendenbassen (?) and the village of Brienz - a village of woodcarvers. Interlaken, the floral clock is seen and sign for the Lac Bleu, Blausee - a trout lake, mountains (Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau), goat market, Col du Pillon, French Switzerland. Grape country - vine terraces. Aigle, Yvorne, Montreux and the Valley of the Rhone.

    Film ends abruptly - there are no credits - perhaps there was another reel.

    Note: Print quite faded (Magenta bias) but nicely shot footage of Swiss sights. Clarification on place names gratefully received, particularly for "Vendenbassen".

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    British Pathé
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    1960 - 1969
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    01:33:35:00 / 01:49:04:00
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    Lifestyle & Culture Travel & Exploration Science & Technology
    Travelogues Alice New Clips Skiing in colour America 1950s-1970s
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  • While the cameraman is in Lucerne we see shots of Lake Lucerne (der Vierwaldstättersee), and the ancient Kapellbrucke (Chapel Bridge).

    "Vegis" should read Weggis.

    "Acksenstrasse" should read Axenstrasse.

    "Fluellan" should read Fluelen.

    "Outdorf" should read Altdorf.

    "Susstern Pass" should read Susten Pass.

    "Vendenbassen" certainly isn't right, but I don't know what it should be. As it's a viaduct, passing over water, it'll be something Wasser, perhaps Venden Wasser, or Wenden Wasser.

    While in Interlaken, at 11:23, the camera shows the three main mountains of the region, namely the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau.

    "Blausse" should read Blausee, (meaning "Blue Lake").

    "Col du Pion" should read Col du Pillon.

    "Yvonand" should read Yvorne.

    At 13.57, just outside Montreux, the camera shows the Chateau de Chillon.

    N.B. All the place names need altering in the tags as well as in the shots list.

    jamied 5th Mar 2012
  • A very detailed and helpful comment - much appreciated by us archivists. You've certainly saved us an enormous amount of time.

    British Pathé 9th May 2012
  • Adding to my previous comment from March 2012, I'm now pretty sure that the viaduct in the piece is the Landwasser Viaduct. However why the commentator says it crosses the "Wendenwasser", or some such pronunciation, remains a mystery, as that viaduct spans the Landwasser River.

    jamied 24th Jan 2014

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