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Quaint Quebec (1936)

This Traveltalk series entry highlights the architecture, monuments, and tourist sites of Quebec. We also hear some of the city's history and visit the nearby Plains of Abraham.


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Québec City, one of the oldest and most historic cities in North America, is situated atop a plateau overlooking the St. Lawrence River. One hundred years after its founding, it was the largest settlement in what is now Canada. It is the only walled city in the Americas, the wall which divides it into its two sections, the upper town and lower town. It is the seat of government for the Province of Québec, where, unlike other provincial governments where English is the working language, French or English can be used. Many of the city's landmarks owe their style to the French settlers. The Chateau Frontenac is one such landmark. The city is surrounded by farms as agriculture is still the most important industry in the province. Nearby sites include Montmorency Falls - the hydroelectric dam from which provides the city with much of its electricity - and the Plains of Abraham, where the primary battle between the French and English for control of the country took place. Written by Huggo

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19 September 1936 (USA)  »

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James A. FitzPatrick's Traveltalks: Quaint Quebec  »

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7 August 2011 | by See all my reviews

Quaint Quebec (1936)

*** (out of 4)

Nice, early entry in MGM's TravelTalks series takes us to Quebec where we start off going down the St. Lawrence River before learning that the city is named after the Indian word meaning hut or village. From here we learn that in 1763 Great Britain took over and that the city is divided into two different sections. The majority of the buildings look French, although most of the original buildings were destroyed during a fire. Other things we learn is that French and English are spoken, Our Lady of Victories is the oldest church and that farming is a big business. Overall, this is a pretty good entry in the series and if you're familiar with the James A. Fitzpatrick series then you know that the main draw is for its Technicolor. The color footage certainly shows off the land as well as the beautiful blue waters that we get to see. Another major plus is that Fitzpatrick's narration really puts you into the mood of the city and he does a very good job at telling the stories. If you're a fan of the series then you can't go wrong with this entry as it's certainly one of the better ones.

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