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A Journey to Normandy
Description: Travelogue from 1938 of towns and historic sites along the French Normandy coast. Extensive footage of the port town of Le Havre (which would be heavily bombed during WWII) with ocean liners arriving to the port, vistas of the city, and 1930s old European street scenes. Resort towns such as Etretat, with village street scenes, people relaxing on the beach, and vistas of naturally carved cliffs. Title card: “Andre de La Varre presents: ‘A Journey to Normandy.’ Photography, script, narration by Andre de La Varre; Collaborator, Paul Devlin; Music Arranged & Played by Lew White; Recording by HE Reeves; Released by Compagnie Generale Transatlantique - French Line.
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Clip #: AD-21A
Length: 10:56
Year: 1938
Color: B/W
Sound: Sound
Library: Getty Images
Decade: 1930s
Filmmaker: Andre de la Varre
Region: Europe
Country: France
Original: 35mm
Keywords:
1930s, 1930s fashion, 1930s style, Europe, Europeans, travelogues, French, Normandy, beaches, marinas, marketplaces, statues, vistas, cities, city, villages, resorts, vacationing, oceans, coastlines, docks, gardens, tourists, cruise ships, ocean liners, steamships, bathing resorts, pre WWII, antique cars, monuments, Seine River, suspension bridges, gothic cathedral, gothic architecture, Haute-Normandie, half-timbered buildings, medieval castles, Calvados, religion, religious, cathedrals, churches, Catholicism, Christianity, cityscapes, agricultural, agriculture, bridges VS aboard SS Normandie ocean liner crossing the ocean. CU “Normandie” sign on deck of cruise ship. WS men playing tennis on deck of ship. Passengers on deck of ship relaxing in deckchairs & being served drinks. Sailors helping busboy push tray of dishes. HA passengers shooting rifles off deck of ocean liner. LS Le Havre coast & port in distance. MS ocean liner slowly passing by (good shot of ocean liner, cruise ship). WS LS crowds waiting at port watching cruise ship approach. LS ocean liner slowly approaching port. HA PAN Le Havre cityscape. Crowds at promenade watching ocean liners pass by. WS PAN city buildings & pedestrians along Quai de Southampton (dock, quay). HA PAN Bassin du Commerce (Basin of Commerce) w/ small ships docked to Poisson WWI memorial in city square. People walking past Poisson WWI memorial. MS small sailing crafts docked at Bassin du Commerce. WS people swimming in water along Bassin du Commerce. VS EXTS & facades Le Havre buildings w/ 1930s cars. TD façade railroad station w/ clock tower. WS tree-lined Boulevard de Strasbourg, cable cars & traffic going by. VS street scenes w/ traffic. LA lampposts stuffed w/ flowers. WS Rue de Paris lined by buildings w/ cable cars, traffic, pedestrians. WS LS City Hall public garden w/ people passing through open gates (now Town Hall Gardens?). Gardener tending to flower bushes. VS rows of flowers, plants, & decorative floral patterns. LA statue King Francis I (Francois I) in center of City Hall garden. PAN façade Old Le Havre City Hall (Hôtel de Ville) & Boulevard Strasbourg. People looking at Belgium WWI monument. TD Sugar loaf memorial (Pain de Sucre). People on hill looking at vista of port & cityscape. LS ocean liner moving on glistening water. Etretat, France PAN covered market building w/ 1930s cars parked outside. HA PAN Etretat cityscape to beach & carved cliffs. VS carved cliffs & natural arched rock formations at l'Aiguille and Les Trois Portes. VS people relaxing on beach, swimming, wading in water, & rowing in rowboats. People diving off makeshift diving board into water. Chapel of Notre Dame de la Garde on top of hill. VS WWI monument dedicated to Nungesser and Coli.

Notes:
Transferred from an original 35mm nitrate print which is no longer available

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