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Over the Andes (1943)

TravelTalks short looks over the South American Andes mountains, and the S.A. west coast, and Rio de Janeiro.


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The Andes is a mountain range stretching the entire west coast of South America, a length of about 4,500 miles. This travelogue takes a flying trip over the Andes from the west coast of the continent, specifically Viña del Mar, a wealthy residential resort town just outside of Valparaíso, Chile, to the east coast, specifically Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Before the trip, stops are made in the Chilean Lake District, and at Osorno, which is the crowning glory of the Andes' peaks. The flight takes off from Santiago, Chile over lofty peaks as high as 18,000 feet, which requires the plane's passengers to use the oxygen masks. The Andes is filled with natural mineral resources, which are not mined to great extent due to the rugged and inhospitable terrain. The final destination of Rio has its own interesting mountainous terrain, the most famous peak known as Sugar Loaf. A metropolis of approximately two million inhabitants, Rio is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in the world... Written by Huggo

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25 September 1943 (USA)  »

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(TCM print)

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(RCA Sound System)



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1.37 : 1
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8 September 2012 | by See all my reviews

Over the Andes (1943)

*** (out of 4)

One of the better entries in James A. FitzPatrick's TravelTalks series takes us to South America where we learn about various things including the trout and salmon fishing, the year round skiing and the 100,000 Indians still living there. The highpoint of the film is an airplane crossing the Andes Mountains where we learn that this was first done in 1918 and then by a female pilot three years later. From here we end up in Rio de Janeiro where we learn about the lavish sidewalks, the racial tolerance as well as the Royal Palms. I think the crossing of the mountains had to be some of the best minutes that this series ever offered. Looking at the way they were back in 1943 was certainly eye catching and the beautiful visuals brought on by the Technicolor is something fans of the series will love. There are a few shots early on of the mountain tops with the snow that were also quite beautiful to see. Fans of the series should be entertained by this one as the stories were all rather interesting and there's no question that some of the visuals were among the best of the series.

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