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Glimpses of Old England (1949)

The first half of this Traveltalks visit to the southwestern region of the United Kingdom is spent in the Cotswold Hills area. We see many examples of the stone architecture for which this ... See full summary »
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The first half of this Traveltalks visit to the southwestern region of the United Kingdom is spent in the Cotswold Hills area. We see many examples of the stone architecture for which this region is justly famous. There is even a miniature village built to look like one might have looked centuries ago. We take a ride on the Wye River and see the many types of boats used. After a visit to Tintern Abbey in Wales, its off to Laycock Abbey in Wiltshire, England. It is here that William Henry Fox Talbot invented photography in the 1830's. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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8 October 1949 (USA)  »

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A pretty but dull TravelTalk from James A. FitzPatrick...
27 October 2008 | by See all my reviews

A series of picture postcard versions of "Old England" are what we get glimpses of in this brief tour of England in grainy looking color. The countryside vistas are pretty enough but the documentary is slow and lacking energy from beginning to end.

It begins with a miniature illustrating the stone architecture of certain regions, the fact that it's a miniature disguised until we see a girl walking among the cottages and gardens looking like a tall Alice in Wonderland.

Then we switch to the real thing, scenes of stone walls, cottages with gabled roofs, some of the buildings built between 1580 and the late 1600s and some pretty country gardens surrounding the old homes.

Glimpses of scenery beside the Y river are next, the shell of a castle built in the 13th Century, and church ruins from one built in 1287 still stand as a sort of tourist attraction.

Suddenly the brief tour is over and another dull FitzPatrick documentary has come to an end with a thud.


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