• Short Summary

    SYNOPSIS: In the Samoan Islands, there is a place called "Vailima"...

    From his gifted pen, there?

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    LS Apia Through palms
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    LS ditto
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    Title "Vailima" dissolve 10 1/2 to Book montage Treasure Island 13 1/2 Essays 17 1/2 lose quill 18 children garden of Versus 20 1/2 Kidnapped 22+ Jekyll and Hude 25 1/2

    Dissolve 29 1/2 to Tr. s towards Vailima
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    LS car appr house
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    HA House from Hill
    38 ft

    "Vailima" Samoan passes 38 1/2
    40 ft

    Leaves legs pass
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    RV He walks to notice mountain background
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    This way to RLS tomb 2 tongues mountain background
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    BCU has he reads leaves 47 1/2
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    He walks over leaves
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    LS black car arrives house
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    RV H Commissioner and wife Malietoa as car draws up
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    Fv H.Cmm and wife wait
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    FV Tamesese and wife leave car she shakes with H.Cmm 61 1/2 High Commissioner and wife shaking 62 -
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    BCU Malietoa smiling talking
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    CU Tamesese and wife happy talking
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    BCU Tamesese's wife
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    BCU Tamesese laughing
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    LS They enter door from verandah
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    HA womens feet up stairs
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    LS dog at fire place tilt 83 to RLS portrait on wall
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    BCU Portrait (painting)
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    3 shot men at table Tamesese signing near end
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    CU pen at work
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    BCU Tamesese happy talking
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    BCU Maletoa happy
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    BCU H Commissioner talking
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    3 shot FV Malestoa signing
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    BCU pen at work
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    Three shot as they come towards room with rls photo plans
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    CU Photo of Stevenson
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    BCU ditto
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    MUC Plans etc
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    BUC slow pan over ditto
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    Medallion RLS in bed
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    BCU ditto
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    Party at tea table being served
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    BCU EIIR on belt
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    MCU Native servant
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    Party at table relics on wall is background
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    BCU tea in cup lose Vailima 135 1/2
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    3 shots kids in pool
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    Mountains to see foreground women in 146 1/2 palm tree
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    RV They look up to mountain
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    HA Native boy along hill path house far below
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    HV He climbs hill tough at head
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    MLS Tomb boy in 158 - see end and side plaques
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    BCU wife's inscription boy passes 162
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    RV Boy looks at Biblical Plaque SOF 163 1/2
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    Tomb from other side boy into pic 181 and looks
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    a hunter home from the hill 200
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    Transcript: "In the last four years of his life" says one biographer "Stevenson's brain had never been so active. Story plots and characters crowded upon him faster than he could write."

    He himself ends his own story: on the severely plain tomb is inscribed his own Requiem...

    "Under a wide and starry sky....."

    "...and hunter home from the hill"


    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: SYNOPSIS: In the Samoan Islands, there is a place called "Vailima"...

    From his gifted pen, there came a romantic quality and fascination that puts his writings among the most famous in our language. Robert Louis Stevenson had already won an enduring place in English literature before going to Samoa where he died, sixty seven years ago today.

    Stevenson married his American born wife, Fanny, in 1880, Ten years later, "Vailima" became their home... and this is "Vailima now.

    Stevenson once said "I have chosen this land to be my land, and these people to be my people, to live and die with". West Samoans of today often make the arduous trek to his tomb.

    What of "Vailima" itself? Apart from some additions, it's changed little since the 1890's. It's now the official residence of the New Zealand High Commissioner.

    The last of the High Commissioners if Mr. Wright. His country governs Western Samoa as a Trust Territory. But this link will cease next month when the islands become independent, with Mr. Malietoa as one of two Heads of State.

    The other is Mr. Tamasese, filmed here with his wife.

    The men are meeting as Council of State, so the ladies will rejoin them later. The story of "Vailima" always recalls its first owners: there's the fire place - for half a century the only one in Samoa. An artist from Austria painted Stevenson's portrait.

    During the Civil War which Stevenson tried hard to prevent, there was a Tamasese among the prominent names... and a Malietoa as well. So when the Trusteeship ends, the new island nation will be led by descendants of royal chiefs well known to the Scottish born writer.

    It was poor health that suggested Samoa to Robert Louis Stevenson, who came to the South Pacific with his wife. He twice visited Sydney but the climate upset him, so they began planning "Vailima" where they lived for four years - until Stevenson died.

    Although never completely well, life in Samoa gave him a renewed zest for literary work. He suffered from writer's cramp, but his output was prodigious. It was a Grand House - for teas, dinner parties and meetings with the various chiefs.

    In later years, "Vailima" knew several occupants - a Russian merchant, the German Governor, then the New Zealand High Commissioner. The up to date pool reminds us that Stevenson used to swim in a dammed up stream nearby. In fact, "Vailima" means "the place of five streams".

    In December of 1894, Stevenson said "I was not born for age". Three days later, forty Samoans worked all night, hacking a path up the steep slope of Mount Vaea. The next day, they carried his body up the mountain where he wanted to be buried.

    The ashes of his wife were brought here twenty years later to the tomb whose inscriptions include a passage from the Bible, in Samoan.

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