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Land of Tradition (1950)

The "land of tradition" referred to in the title of this Traveltalks series entry is England. The first place we visit is Runnymede, the water meadow in southeast England where King John is... See full summary »


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Himself / Narrator


The "land of tradition" referred to in the title of this Traveltalks series entry is England. The first place we visit is Runnymede, the water meadow in southeast England where King John is believed to have signed the Magna Carta in the year 1215. Next is Windsor Castle, one of the principal residences of the British monarch, and the town of Windsor. Another British tradition is horse racing at the Ascot Racecourse, where we see the ladies in the latest fashions and track bookmakers taking bets. The second half of this short focuses on the country's Christian heritage as seen through its buildings. These include the cathedrals in Lincoln, Wells, and Salisbury, and the abbey at Glastonbury. In contrast to these is the Stonehenge monument, the last stop on the tour. According to narrator FitzPatrick, who is seen walking among the large stone slabs, the Druids built this monument about 2100 BCE and celebrated religious ceremonies, including human sacrifice. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@verizon.net>

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20 January 1950 (USA)  »

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16 May 2013 | by See all my reviews

Land of Tradition (1950)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Nice later day entry in the James A. FitzPatrick TravelTalks series takes us to various locations. We start off taking a look at Windsor Castle and hearing some of its brief history including the Royal Apartments dating back to Henry III and the remodeling that was done in 1824. From here we take a look at the Ascot race track, which was built in 1711 and learn that all classes of people enjoy it. The location of the Magna Carta signing is also viewed as well are cathedrals in Wells, Salisbury and Lincoln. If you're a fan of the series then there's no doubt that you'll be entertained by this entry. As is usually the case, the Technicolor is certainly the star as it brings these locations to life and this is especially true with the shots of Windsor. Another major plus here is that there are some pretty nice stories told throughout the 8-minute running time and of course FitzPatrick does a nice job with the narration.

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