This MGM short film, part of the James A. Fitzpatrick Traveltalk series, visits Zeeland, a province of the Netherlands. Traditional costumes and architecture abound and cleanliness is a ... See full summary »

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This MGM short film, part of the James A. Fitzpatrick Traveltalk series, visits Zeeland, a province of the Netherlands. Traditional costumes and architecture abound and cleanliness is a hallmark of local life. They paint their houses every year and Saturday is the great cleaning day. Dog carts are widely used. Zeeland is the richest agricultural province of the Netherlands and specializes in dairy farming with production of cheese and butter. Most of the land has been recovered land from the sea where you now find now fields and fruit trees. Written by garykmcd

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3 January 1935 (USA)  »

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Zeeland - 'The Hidden Paradise': A FitzPatrick Traveltalk  »

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Norwegian Dance, Op. 35, No. 2
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Music by Edvard Grieg
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TravelTalks
29 August 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Zeeland: The Hidden Paradise (1935)

*** (out of 4)

Early entry in MGM's TravelTalks series is also one of their best. We visit the small Dutch province of Zeeland, which as James A. FitzPatrick says best, is a hidden jewel of a community. Here we learn why different religions might where different clothing, why wooden shoes aren't allowed to be worn inside and we get to see some special cows being milked. We also learn that the Dutch are constantly cleaning their houses and that includes painting them each year and sweeping in front of them daily. This is certainly one of the best shorts in the series because after these 9-minutes you can't help but really feel like you know the people living there. Unlike many of the future entries in the series, this one here goes into great detail about everything they talk about and throw out constantly interesting facts about the people and place. Even if you're not a fan of the series, you should enjoy this one.


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