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From Liverpool to Stratford (1949)

Approved | | Short, History | 10 September 1949 (USA)
James A. Fitzpatrick and his cameramen visit several points of interest in England, including the port of Liverpool; war-destruction at Coventry; the historic Warwick Castle; and Stratford-on-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare.


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This travelogue of England starts in Liverpool, where the port function is one of the city's most important economic aspects. Its origins was as a fishing village. The port function took hold with the slave trade and associated product trade with Africa in the 1700's, and privateering in the 1800s. Although the city was bombed during WWII, the port area was virtually undamaged. The next stop is the old Roman town of Chester, which still has many of the same characteristics when chariots traveled on streets over 2,000 years earlier. One of those artifacts is the underground arcade which allows travel between store to store without having to go outside. The next stop is Coventry, probably the hardest hit city in all the country during WWII, and the country's center of the motor car and bicycling industries. One of the most famous stories associated with the city is that of Lady Godiva. Monuments in the outskirts of Coventry and in Banbury are famous not for their design, but their ... Written by Huggo

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10 September 1949 (USA)  »

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James A. FitzPatrick's Traveltalks: From Liverpool to Stratford  »

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$20,000 (estimated)

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(RCA Sound System)



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1.37 : 1
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Scenes of England After the War
31 May 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of many of James A. FitzPatrick's travelogues. Starting in Liverpool, we are shown quite a few boats around the Liverpool docks. FitzPatrick does mention that Liverpool was heavily bombed during the war, but we see no evidence of any of the bombing there. He does mention how Liverpool was a port involved in the slave trade — ships leaving to Africa and coming back from the West Indies with sugar and rum.

I wish this was closed captioned - I believe the next city shown is Chester, which has an ancient road that was used by the Romans. What is shown of Chester looks like what many would imagine what a city in England looks like — white buildings with dark woodwork.

The next city, Coventry, was heavily damaged during the war. FitzPatrick does show much of the damage from the war - grasses and weeds growing were buildings were standing a decade earlier. In the middle of looking at all of the destruction, FitzPatrick does mention Lady Godiva before showing the rubble of a bombed out factory. Since this was done 4 years after World War II, FitzPatrick does talk about the potential for the next war to be the end of the world as we know it.

A few monuments, including Warwick Castle, we finally make it to Stratford and Shakespeare's life and some of the buildings associated with him.

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