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High Spots of the Far East (1933)

| Documentary, Short
Highlights include China's Pearl River, Temple of 500 Buddhas and Siam's palaces.




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This travelogue begins in Canton, China, located on the shores of the Pearl River, on which many of residents live on houseboats. The Temple of the 500 Buddhas houses statues of many of the Buddha gods to who the people request favors, indicated by the burning of incense. The next stop is Bangkok, Siam. Although travel by railroad has replaced the traditional travel by elephant, the white elephant is still considered a sacred animal. Porcelain and gold towers and statues of guards dot the residential palace. The next stop is Cairo, Egypt, the largest city on the banks of the Nile River and a city filled with mosques, minarets and domes. Ancient ruins and the great pyramids can be found just outside of the city. The next stop is Madras, India, whose residents are better educated than the average Indian. The next stop is Calcutta, India, where a marble palace honors the late Queen Victoria. The grounds of another palace, home to one of the richest Indian princes, is open to the public ... Written by Huggo

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Creaky Vitaphone short has some stunning exotic images...
27 November 2009 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

If this Vitaphone short had been made at least five years later, it would have been filmed in rich color, much like the James FitzPatrick shorts that roamed all over the world to bring us exotic views of China, Egypt or Siam.

Instead, we have a poorly narrated B&W short that takes a leisurely look at some interesting temples and palaces of the Far East--beginning with China, Siam, and moving on to Egypt.

It starts with the Pearl River and a part of China that is still living in ancient ways on water, small crafts populating the river with families who make their living surrounded by hundreds of other fishing boats. Then a look at the more sophisticated cities nearby, on to Siam and its numerous gorgeous monuments, and finally Egypt.

This is one short that cries out for color photography, especially for the sequence photographed in Siam.

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