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Land of Orizaba (1943)

This Traveltalks entry chronicles the sights and sounds on a train ride from Veracruz to Mexico City.


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This travelogue takes the viewer on a scenic journey on the first rail line built in Mexico. It starts in the tropical low lands of sea level Veracruz. One of the primary agricultural crops of the area is sugar cane, which is primarily exported to the United States. Other crops include pineapples, tobacco and vanilla beans, the latter which is found only here and in Madagascar in any appreciable amounts worldwide. The resort in Fortin de las Flores is renowned for its swimming pool, and the abundance of fragrant gardenias. Along the trip, the snow capped Pico de Orizaba can be seen from differing vantage points. The next stop is the town of Puebla, which is known for its fort. Of the many churches in the area, the Shrine of Guadalupe is perhaps the most famous. Before Christianity came to the new world, the Aztecs had their own temples, one such being the Pyramids of Teotihuacan, which are located just outside of the final stop of this journey, Mexico City, 7,500 feet higher in ... Written by Huggo

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2 January 1943 (USA)  »

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31 October 2011 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Land of Orizaba (1943)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Decent entry in MGM's "TravelTalks" series has James A. FitzPatrick taking a train ride from Vera Cruz to Mexico City, along the way telling us some history and letting us see some nice locations. We start off learning about the first railway that was built and get a brief bit of history about the Aztec Indians in Mexico City. Up next we learn about some of the items exported including pineapple, tobacco and the highly dangerous vanilla bean, which we're told is the most dangerous thing to try and raise due to so many conditions having to be right. From here we visit a resport in Fortin de las Flores, which we're told has the greatest swimming pool of anywhere in Mexico. We also learn that they love the gardenia flower and each room is full of them. From here we learn about a few churches including the Shrine of Guadalupe, which is perhaps the most famous due to a vision of the Virgin Mary. All in all this is a pretty decent entry in the series, which fans have come to expect. As normal, you get some terrific images in Technicolor that really sells the picture and FitzPatrick is full of nice stories about the history of the things we're looking at.

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