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SS Lafayette to Martinique
Description: 1930s travelogue on the SS Lafayette luxury cruise ship which stops off in Martinique and Spain. Extensive footage of passengers sunbathing and enjoying recreational games on the sun deck, dining at buffets, gazing out at ocean vistas, and the ship’s captain overseeing operations in the quarterdeck. Passengers disembarking the cruise ship and being transported via ferry to sightsee in Martinique with footage of the city and natives. Tourists buying handicrafts from vendors and wearing traditional Martinique clothing.
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Clip #: AD-38A
Length: 23:21
Color: B/W
Sound: Silent
Library: Getty Images
Decade: 1930s
Filmmaker: Andre de la Varre
Region: Caribbean
Country: Martinique
City: Fort de France
Subject: Ocean Liners
Original: 35mm
Keywords:
1930's, travelogues, Caribbean, France, Spain, Europe, steamships, steamers, passenger liners, ocean liners, cruise ships, boats, cities, cityscapes, skylines, cruises, captains, Sacre Coeur de Balata Church, overseas departments, departements d'outre-mer, DOMS, Roman-Byzantine, head scarves, head scarf, naval bases, sun tanning, eating, food, buffets, sundecks, sun decks, games, horse races, entertainment, Castile and Leon, agricultural workers, field workers, agriculture, medieval castles, medieval architecture, tourists, sightseeing, traveling, voyages, French Line, Compagnie Generale Transatlantique, laundering, washing clothes, traditional clothing, traditional culture, statues, ceramics, quarterdecks, quarter decks, swimsuits, casual clothing Fort de France, Martinique TD from ocean liner smokestacks to passengers disembarking ship into rowboats. PAN Martinique coast from ocean liner deck. VS lush, tropical vegetation of rain forests. Martinique natives (Martiniquais) by road (quick shot). TU lush vegetation to mountain peak. PAN mountain range in distance to Balata Church facade. Fort de France, Martinique PAN coastal vista w/ mountain range. Natives doing laundry in rain forest stream. Boat POV along Caribbean Sea past ramparts along coast. Tourists in marketplace looking at handicrafts. Female tourist looking at handcrafted Creole doll. LA statue of Pierre Belain, Sieur d'Esnambuc. CU plaque for statue (quick shot). Native woman balancing tray full of pots on her head. Female tourists wearing madras headscarves & shawls (tourism, cross-cultural, traditional Martinique clothing). Martinique VS passengers leaning against railing of ocean liner deck looking at coastal vista w/ mountain range. LA captain on quarterdeck. Fort de France, Martinique HA ferry & numerous rowboats near ocean liner. Passengers disembarking ocean liner on staircase leading to makeshift dock. VS cluster of rowboats w/ natives. Fort de France, Martinique VS passengers on ferry approaching coast. Ferry departing past SS Normandie ocean liner. People standing on ledge of ferry taking photographs of SS Normandie. Ferry docking at pier & passengers being helped out, walking on pier to land. LS WS Fort de France cityscape near coast w/ SS Normandie docked in water. Fort de France, Martinique Village buildings near coast. VS street scenes w/ Martinique natives (Martiniquais) & tourists. Natives looking at diagram of SS Normandie. TD facade St. Louis Cathedral. VS statue of Empress Josephine. Native woman balancing tray full of pots on her head. PAN marketplace w/ vendors selling handicrafts. VS HA passengers on ocean liner sun deck, at tables w/ umbrellas. VS HA adult & child swimmers in deck pool w/ SS Lafayette life preserver. Passengers leaning against deck railing looking out at ocean vistas. VS from ocean liner of sun rays (sunbeams) streaming through clouds. (beauty shots) Passengers on deck looking at approaching land. Passengers at buffet being served by waiters / servers. Casually dressed passengers dining inside ocean liner. HA passengers on sun deck at tables w/ umbrellas (quick shot). HA adult & child swimmers in deck pool. PAN people on sun deck sitting at tables underneath umbrellas / sunbathing (good shot but slightly dark). VS people on sun deck sunbathing, relaxing. VS passengers playing deck tennis. (good shots, leisure, recreation) VS people on sun deck in bathing suits sitting at tables underneath umbrellas, sunbathing, looking at ocean vistas. HA passengers on sun deck playing horse racing game. People buying tickets for game. VS woman rolling dice in shaker onto table. VS porters moving horse pieces on “track.” VS passengers sitting at tables watching game. (god shots, recreation, cruise ship activities, games) VS people on sun deck sunbathing, sitting at tables underneath umbrellas, looking at ocean vistas.

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

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