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Modern Guatemala City (1945)

This Traveltalks short takes the viewer to Guatemala's capital, Guatemala City, and offers a brief survey of local history, customs, landmarks, and contemporary activities.


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Situated about one mile above sea level, Guatemala City, the capital of the Republic of Guatemala, is one of the most progressive cities of Central America. The just completed National Palace is the center of government and is one of the best examples of modern architecture in the region. Most of what is offered in the city in terms of amenities and services is on par with those in the more renowned cities globally. Being primarily populated by those of the Catholic faith, Guatemala City has no shortage of churches, some as old as the city itself. There is a monument to Christopher Columbus in Central Park, he being of important historical significance to the region. Because of the mild climate year round, there is an abundance and diversity of flora. A country club located in the suburbs offers its members the opportunity to participate in a number of recreational activities, such as swimming and horseback riding. Such pursuits can also be seen at Lake Amatitlán, located just outside... Written by Huggo

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25 August 1945 (USA)  »

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27 November 2009 | by See all my reviews

Modern Guatemala City (1945)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

TravelTalks entry takes us to Guatemala where we learn that it became the capital three years after the original was destroyed by an earthquake. From there we learn that there are 170,000 people living there at the time and that many of them visit a theater downtown where they learn about other parts of the world by watching TravelTalks shorts. The funniest moment in the film tells us about a law that was passed in 1931 where anyone elected to the government must show all of their earnings so that the people can make sure they didn't take any bribes while in office. When their term is over, if their bank account has extra, unaccounted for money then they must return it. This is a pretty good entry in the series as FitzPatrick's narration hits all the right notes and it was pretty funny seeing the TravelTalks ad at this theater. Once again the Technicolor is the best friend as we get some great visuals including some really nice looking buildings. Also on hand is a pretty good looking statue of Columbus.

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