After spending more than six months in hitherto unexplored areas of Netherlands New Guinea, and marching some 1,500 kilometres (approximately 937 miles) through jungle lands inhabited by natives still in a "stone age" state of development, a French film expedition led by M.
View over Humboldt Bay, Netherlands New Guinea; the assistant leader of the expedition, M. Delloye, who had been suffering from exhaustion, seats himself on a terrace of the Government hotel.
Delloye, MCU.From behind.
Name plate of hospital ward where Patrol Officer Sneep was being nursed back to health - the Paviljoen Pantour ward.
Dutch and Papuan nurses about to enter ward.
Patrol Officer Sneep with nurses attending to him.
MCU.Shot of Sneep.
Air View of the Waris settlement.
Aircraft which flew Delloye from Hollandia to Waris, to enable him to welcome Gaisseau.
Ground view of Waris settlement.
Dutch flag flying at settlement.
Papuan women and children in front of temporary church at Waris.
Papuan women with her baby.
14-day old Papuan baby in a soap box.
Papuan ancestral image.
A Papuan runner.
The runner reaches the hut of Patrol Officer Vinke, bringing the news that Gaisseau and his men are approaching the village.
Journalists and others rush out of the hut to meet Gaisseau.
(Shot of aircraft taxiing, should be mounted between shots 7 and 8)
Patrol Officer Vinke welcomes Gaisseau.
Delloye, journalists and others welcome Gaisseau.
Gaisseau, Delloye and another French member of the expedition, de Maigret, (the radio operator-engineer).
Gaisseau with Papuan, carrying a gun, in the BG.
A journalist, a nurse and another woman run to meet Gaisseau.
Gaisseau and some of his welcomer walk to Waris settlement.
A back view of the party.
Police sentry salutes the party as they pass.
De Maigret and others in front of the patrol officer's hut.
The foreman of the Papuan carriers.
Gaisseau and his colleagues being interviewed.
Journalist making notes.
Gaisseau and de Maigret telling their story.
A police inspector, Mr. Koopman, who joined Gaisseau's party at the Sobger River.
Papuans peeping through screen at the news conference.
Papuans listening to the foreman of the carries, sitting at the entrance to a hut, telling his story.
De Maigret, MCU
Government Press representative taking notes.
Patrol Officer Vinke serving out hot soup.
Tables with empty beer cans and glasses.
Expedition's arrival is reported to Hollandia by radio by patrol officer.
The Papuan carrier's foreman eating his soup.
Muju carriers and police guards arrive, two hours behind Gaisseau.
Papuan police guards in the line of carriers.
Muju carrier with can, shoes and net of tubers on his back.
A group of carriers with Gasseau and other Europeans.
Gasseau and de Maigret talking with carriers.
MCU. Of a carrier.
Can containing 1200 envelopes with social welfare stamps parachuted to the expedition when they were at the summit of Prind Hendrik mountain: carried all the way to Waris, the can is handed by its carrier to Gaisseau to the pilot of the aircraft, to be taken back to Hollandia, where the envelopes were to be stamped by the post office (it was reported that philatelists in Holland were prepared to pay Dfl. 70, approximately GBP7, for one envelope.)
Close up of can, showing inscription: Poste Parachute.
Another inscription on the can: Expedition Franco-Neerlandaise en Nouvelle Guinea.
Carriers making camp at a small hut.
Carriers, weary after their long walk, bathing in a river.
Another shot of carriers bathing.
Sun going down over hills and tree tops.
Rations being distributed to the carriers by gaslight.
Gaisseau (about to fly to Oebroeb, to shoot end-scenes of film), taking leave of people gathered together near aircraft.
Gaisseau and de Maigret waving good-bye.
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Background: After spending more than six months in hitherto unexplored areas of Netherlands New Guinea, and marching some 1,500 kilometres (approximately 937 miles) through jungle lands inhabited by natives still in a "stone age" state of development, a French film expedition led by M. Pierre Gaisseau has just returned to civilisation.
Visnews cameras filmed Gaisseau and some other members of the expedition when on 19th march they arrived at the small settlement of Waris from the interior (the assistant leader of the expedition, Mr. Delloye and a Dutch patrol officer, Mr. Sneep, suffering from exhaustion, had been flown out earlier).
The proposal to make the expedition was conceived in 1954, when the crew of a Netherlands New Guinea Government aircraft flying over the basin of a river in the Eastern Highlands saw areas of populated and cultivated land which no white man had visited. Gaisseau decided to film the unknown people and their territory and raised sufficient funds ti finance an expedition of two cameramen, a still photographer, a script-writer and a radio operator/engineer. It received the patronage of Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands and set out from its base at Pirimapun, on the south coast of Netherlands New Guinea on 5th September, 1959, with some 60 Papuan carriers and an escort of six armed policemen under Patrol Officer Sneep.
Although food and medical and other supplies were parachuted to it at intervals, the expedition suffered considerable hardships and three of the carriers died from exhaustion. But thousands of metres of film were shot. The river, seen from the air in 1954, was found and Princess Marijke River after the youngest daughter of Prince Bernhard and Queen Juliana of the Netherlands.
Gaisseau's comment when he returned to civilisation on 19th March was "This sure has been my toughest expedition:"