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  • Short Summary

    French film about Turkey - includes some lovely shots of Byzantine architecture and mosques.

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    Part of a French film on Turkey. Title: "Un Pays Qui Agonise - La Turquie".

    Item intercut with intertitles in French.

    Shot of mosque with trees around it. At the Hippodrome Place, pan past prisons, tall obelisk of former ruler Constantine Porforianisos, man in fez hat walks past. Shot 2 mosques, one on hill in background could be Mosque of Sultan Ahmet (Camii?). Fountain of Guillaume, referred to as a gift from the Kaiser (does not say which), another mosque in foreground. Another shot of mosque of Ahmet, the only one with 6 minarets (though only 4 shown here). Pan on buildings housing Hamam Sultan baths, pan left to Hagia Sophia mosque (formerly St. Sophia church, built in 532 - 537 ad, this is in the old quarter of Greek Byzantium). Shot of the arsenal. Title describing next shot as the fountain of the Sultan, in fact is shot of square building with designs on walls, sloped roof has small domed turrets sticking up from it.

    Two boys riding a horse, pan up structure of double arches with bells hanging at top, Arabic writing carved on wall. Men & boys gathered around well or cistern filling jugs. Shot looking up a narrow street, upper stories jut out over street. Shoe shine men at work, carpets hang behind them. Garden walkway with Turkish flags hanging over walkway. Various shots men sitting at outdoor cafe table smoking hookahs (hubble-bubbles).

    Good tracking shot from boat heading up Bosporus passing a mosque, the Arsenal of Tophane, palaces, villas with sail ships in foreground. Boat passes a tower and then the Dolma Baghte palace (residence of the current Sultan - Mehmet Vahideddin) including both palatial buildings and adjoining gardens. Farther up Bosporus we see the burned ruins of Tcheragan Palace . Closer shot passing wall of garden and another mosque. Boat passes Palace of Abdul-Aziz (ruled 1830-76) - extremely ornate and impressive. Next we see palace formerly owned by Empress Eugenie, now prison of dethroned Sultan Abdul-Hamid IIs, guards standing outside. Various villas along the Bosporus.

    Looking from hill toward Prinkipo (now Bykada) Island, residence of Turkish nobility. Tip of island crowded with houses. Tracking shot on boat passing Thrapia where the Embassies are. Boat with flag of USA passe. Some grand buildings and some smaller houses. More tracking shots from boat of Scutari on Asia Minor coast.

    Note: according to WPA cataloguing a tinted version of this item exists - not clear whether British Pathe also holds tinted version.

    Note: further sections of this film exist in ON 377 A.

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    Film ID:
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    Old negatives
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1920 - 1924
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:44:42:00 / 02:00:59:00
    ON 376 A

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