• Short Summary

    Ankara, Istanbul, Sofia, Belgrade, Vienna -1,000 miles of motoring across the heart of Asia Minor and South East Europe, this was the journey of Visnews cameraman Sepp Riff, returning to his native Austria after filming events during the Turkish bloodless revolution, May 1960, which ousted Premier Menderes bringing to self-imposed "caretaker" power General Gursel.

  • Description

    Ankara, Istanbul, Sofia, Belgrade, Vienna -1,000 miles of motoring across the heart of Asia Minor and South East Europe, this was the journey of Visnews cameraman Sepp Riff, returning to his native Austria after filming events during the Turkish bloodless revolution, May 1960, which ousted Premier Menderes bringing to self-imposed "caretaker" power General Gursel. From NATO - country Turkey the route passed through iron-curtained Bulgaria to its capital Sofia; on through neutral Yugoslavia and its capital Belgrade, and then into Yugoslavia's neutral neighbour, Austria.

    The 350-mile drive west through Turkey, across the Bosporus by ferry, and on to Bulgarian border revealed backward motoring conditions. A lorry drove deliberately on the wrong side of the road. The driver wanted to use the camber on that side to correct a badly loaded vehicle.

    Another sight one often seen by Riff - were queues of people waiting in the open for buses. But they were not waiting for scheduled services to arrive. The bus had broken down and repairs at the garage were taking a long time...Broken down cars were often left on the roads, sometimes for days, waiting for repairs to be carried out.

    The border was crossed at the Turkish town of Edirne, where stands a mosque. But it was not the last Riff saw. There was another mosque visible from the road as the car pulled out of Sofia next morning.

    Noticeable feature of the Bulgarian route were the posters urging people to by consumer goods. Only Communists newspapers were sold - none from the West. In a Sofia street, state lottery tickets were being sold - an unusual sight in a Communist country. Prizes included a house and a car. Only one garaged in Sofia sold super-grade petrol, and here there were big queues of cars and lorries.

    A short drive from Sofia to the border, and then a 300-mile stint from one side of Yugoslavia to the other brought Riff to the Austrian border.

    It was now night, but night driving on the Austrian main road presented no great hardships - on both sides of the road were helpful catseyes glinting in the dark; a gasoline station was open, and rest houses also...

    Just before midnight, - arrival in Vienna, and its gay, illuminated shop windows. The trip had taken two days in all.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA5SUKCEI4UNOIN95EGPNQCHQQH
    Media URN:
    VLVA5SUKCEI4UNOIN95EGPNQCHQQH
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/07/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:48:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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