Pathe visits Israel, land of the Seas.
Israel is where the ever present past beckons the visitor at every turn. Tel-Aviv is Israel's largest city.
M/S of jets landing at Lot (?) Airport, an EL AL Boeing 707, a BOAC VC10, a BEA Comet . M/S of aircraft steps as tourists exit BEA plane. Shots of tourists on holiday, children in a hotel pool, a man wearing a hat and glasses, swimming in the pool. Various shots of girls sunbathing in bikinis. L/S of hotel pool, pan to beach. M/S exterior of the Sheraton hotel. A car pulls away from outside (01:02:06).
Various shots of the streets of Tel-Aviv, with some point of view shots from inside the car. The streets are tree lined and a woman gets out of the car and goes to a tree which is covered with magazines - Vogue etc. Next we see a girl in a bikini floating in the waters of the Dead Sea. She gets up and goes ashore and showers at the beach side. The waterfall at Ein Geddi's is 1000 feet below sea level. C/U shots of water cascading over rocks. Panning shot over salt flats area where water gushes out of a pipe at the salt works, to mountains of white salt and a huge mound of brown salts where a pillar of salt echoes the story of Lot's wife. In the Negev desert, strange pieces of twisted wood stand out against the desert landscape. There are excavations of some Roman remains. C/U of a half revealed mosaic. (01:03:59).
The desert blooms, C/U shots of desert flowers with the desert beyond. M/S of a wooded hillside where the desert has been irrigated,. A man tends plants by spraying them. A group of older people at the Jewish National Fund Planting Centre are seen taking small plants and planting them in the earth. They say prayers, holding Jewish scriptures. This is the 'Plant a tree for Israel' campaign. Next we join a tourist party on a glass bottomed boat trip. Shots of the boat from a nearby vessel, and of the tourists taking pictures of the fish, and the blue/green view of the seabed with its corals and fish. Brief shot of a man leaning far back sailing (01:05:30).
M/S of a tourist boat sightseeing on the sea of Galilee. M/S of the buildings on the Mount of Beatitudes. L/S Tiberius / M/S exterior of a modern hotel. M/S of local hot springs - rocks with water rushing over and steam rising up.
Next we see a fisherman dressed in clothes as in biblical times, standing in water, casting a circular net into the lake waters. He catches a fish and pulls it from the net. Next the story cuts to fish laid out in a pan, but the camera pulls back to reveal a smart restaurant on a balcony. The waiter brings a fish to the chef who cooks the fish at the table side. M/S girl lying on beach with palm tree, rather stony, and she dabbles her toes in the water. Two women run into the water from a palm tree lined beach (01:07:20).
L/S Jerusalem and its buildings, a group of school children look at a model of the city on a hilltop over looking the city. M/S strange looking domed building - 'The Shrine of the Book' - interior showing the air conditioned area where the Dead Sea Scrolls are kept encased in glass panels.
Note: see also CP 609 cuts for out takes .