• Short Summary

    Travelogue using a romance narrative to show the splendour of Corsica as a holiday destination.

  • Description

    Travelogue. Reel 1. A Faro Films presentation. A woman looks at a photograph album. "Introducing Sylvia Chapman and Jean Luciani". Photographed by George Stretton. Assistant Cameraman: Paddy Aherne. Edited by: Anne Barker. Location Adviser: Dorothy Carrington. Music Composed and Written by: Peppo Flori, Paoli, Montrofet, Raineri, Bonelli and Donzella. Guitarists: Antoine Bonelli, Jo Santiago, Polo Quilici and Pierre Borel. Vocalists: Dominique Silvy and Pascal Marcelli. Narrated by Jill Bennett. Written and Directed by Douglas Rankin.

    A woman arrives in Corsica for a holiday on her own. She walks along with her suitcase. She has a look around Ajaccio, speaking to fishermen and watching one mend his nets. She feels a bit lonely as the ship which had brought her to the island sails away. She walks through the small streets. Statue of Napoleon. She walks by the sea and looks out at the view. She wanders through the market place. She sits at an outside cafe. A man raises his glass to her and she gives him a withering look. A waitress brings her a drink. She gets on to the bus for Porto and a young man carries her suitcase on for her. He attempts to sit next to her but instead a "fat man" who smokes sits next to her. She is offered a drink from a bottle of wine but she refuses. Someone starts a sing-song and our heroine relaxes: "it was the jolliest bus ride I've ever been on". C/U of the bus driver swerving all over the road. She gets off the bus in Porto and heads off to the hotel. It is a long walk and she gets blisters. She takes her shoes off and rubs her feet. The young man comes along and carries her case for her. They make friends although he cannot speak English - his name is Michel. She brushes her hair on the balcony of her room looking at the sunset with a melancholy song on the soundtrack.

    See reels 2 & 3.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1950 - 1959
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:50:23:00 / 01:57:53:00

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