• Short Summary

    A look at Iceland and, in particular, the various uses of the country's natural hot spring water.

  • Description

    Various locations in Iceland.

    M/S of a woman carrying a basket of bananas walking between rows of banana trees inside a large hothouse. M/S of the woman looking at a bunch of green bananas on a tree. C/U of the woman inspecting another bunch. The greenhouse is heated by hot water from volcanic springs. M/S of pipes running across grass, transporting the hot water. Tilt up to show the hothouses where the pipes run to, with mountains in the distance. M/S of a jeep driving on a dusty track. Panning shot of the jeep as it drives past volcanic mountains and geysers shooting up steam. Various M/Ss of mountains and geysers. C/U of steam coming up from a geyser. C/U of water bubbling in a hot spring. M/S of a tank connected to the pipes channelling the steam. L/S of the geyser energy plant, panning shot to show Reykjavik with the sea in the distance. High angle panning L/S over the red roofs of the city, with the mountains in the distance. The capital is a "smokeless city" as the steam provides power for its 60,000 inhabitants.

    M/S of two men in trunks walking along the edge of a manmade pool of natural spring water. Panning shot of the men climbing into the steaming water to join more bathers. M/S of several fat business men up to their waists in the water - "the Icelandic equivalent of the business lunch is the dip before breakfast". Various shots of bathers - mostly men - enjoying the warm water. M/S of male bathers taking cold showers in a shack beside the pool. M/S of a man quickly shaking his limbs under the cold water. L/S of hothouses in front of the mountains. L/S of pipes running towards the hothouses. M/S of exotic flowers growing inside the hothouses, a boy is using a hose pipe to water them. The narrator jokes that the Vikings "called Iceland Iceland to discourage settlers, and Greenland Greenland to tempt them". C/U of the boy hosing some flowers. Various C/Us of beautiful, brightly coloured, exotic flowers. C/U of a bunch of black grapes hanging on a vine.

    Please note that Mute and Track Negs go out of sync - please use print.

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    Colour pictorials
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Time in/Out:
    01:05:27:00 / 01:08:14:00
    CP 353

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