Baalbeck was a pagan religious center before the Phoenicians took it over and built a temple to their god Baal.
Audience in Temple of Bacchus -- a Greco-Roman ruin in central Lebanon, about two hour's drive from Beirut.
The Prime Minister of Leb. Rachid Karame, arrives with his party. (he is dank-haired man with mustache)
Shots of "I Musici" of Rome chamber orchestra, which gave a program of Bach, Mozart, Vivaldi and other Italian composers. They were warmly applauded.
during intermission. One of audience was famous American architect Edward Stone, designer of U.S. Pavilion at Brussels Exposition. He is designing a hotel in Beirut.
Other intermission shots in gardens, showing refreshment stands and an art exhibit
Other shots of "I Musici" ... from on top of Bachus temple
Other shots of Baalbeck area, showing Temple of Jupitar columns usually identified with Baalbeck.
LIGHT WAS EXTREMELY POOR *** OPENED UP FULL, BUT FILM NEEDS FORCED DEVELOPMENT TRI X --- EXPOSED ABOUT 600 ASA
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Background: Baalbeck was a pagan religious center before the Phoenicians took it over and built a temple to their god Baal. Later the Greeks captured it and called it Heliopolis. Roman emperor Augustus made it a Roman colony and built temples more grandiose than those in Rome itself.
The Baalbeck Festival program will later feature the N.Y. Philharmonic Orchestra (Aug. 8-9), Theater Montparnasse of Paris, Ballets Rambert of London (18-23 Aug.) and Lebanese Folklore (end of Aug.)