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Four million ethnic French, German and Italian people live in the European country of Switzerland - the oldest existing republic in the world - which is known for its friendly nature, neutrality and spectacular scenery. The Alps form a large part of that scenery, but the Alps also played an important part in the country's history by stopping invading Roman armies. An abundance of vividly colored alpine wildflowers cover the mountain meadows in the spring. The mountain pastures are seen as community property, available for all farmers to use for animal grazing. In size contrast to the tiny wildflowers, the rushing mountain streams are fed by melting snows. Alpine chalets are colorfully and intricately painted, especially around the windows. Switzerland is also known for the manufacture of fine watches and clocks, but they are also known for the manufacture of more traditional items: wood carvings. Some of the main cities are Lucerne, a tourist mecca renowned for its covered wooden ... Written by Huggo

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26 September 2010 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Switzerland the Beautiful (1934)

*** (out of 4)

Early entry in MGM's Traveltalks series is one that really stands out in terms of quality. James A. FitzPatrick takes us to Switzerland where we learn four million people live. We learn that it's a mixture of German, Italian and French folks with more than 70% of them speaking German. We learn how the Roman Empire was pretty much held at bay back in the day and we learn other special things about the Swiss Alps. We learn that the villagers take pride in their window designs and we see countless flowers that take special form during May and June. Visually speaking this here is without question one of the most beautiful entries I've seen from the series. The Technicolor was always a major plus no matter where they visited but that's especially true here because the blue waters are just downright jaw-dropping in their beauty. The print was in very good condition, which is another major plus but I must admit that you probably could have shot this thing in B&W and it would have been just as beautiful.


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