Title ID 1461Collection ID275
Title[Holiday in France]
DateMay - June 1952
CollectionH A Voss
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fiction
KeywordsBeaches Boats Castles Harbours Landscape Leisure Time Activities Rivers Seaside Resorts Sport Tourism Travel
LocalGrenoble Cannes St. Juan-les-Pins Monte Carlo St. Jean de Luz Biarritz Cheverny Chambord Chantilly
RegionalRhône-Alpes Isère Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Alpes Maritimes Aquitaine Pyrénées-Atlantiques Centre Loir-et-Cher Picardy Oise Loire Valley
NationalFrance Monaco Europe
ProductionH A Voss
CameraH A Voss
FormatColour Silent
Duration16 min. 17 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


A trip from Grenoble to Cannes through the Maritime Alps is followed by a journey along the coast to Juan-les-Pins, Monte Carlo, St Jean de Luz and Biarritz. The film ends with a trip to the Loire Valley in Northern France, and its many châteaux.


The film begins in May 1952 with a trip from Grenoble to Cannes through the Maritime Alps. Beginning with street scenes in Grenoble, Voss films views of the mountain ranges and villages which they pass. The view across a river which weaves through the mountains is followed by shots of churches on mountaintops and villages in valleys. Men play boules in the town square. In Cannes, Voss attends a golf tournament at La Napoule, followed by a luncheon organised by the International Mineral and Chemical Corporation, with whom he had business ties. After a shot of La Napoule, people are filmed playing golf in the grounds, before gathering afterwards on the terrace. This is followed by scenes of the Riviera at Cannes, boats moored in its yacht harbour and the surrounding historic buildings. Footage of the coastal town of Juan-les-Pins follows, before a shot of Monte Carlo. There follow some shots of the waterfront at St Jean de Luz and the coast at Biarritz, before shots of some of the châteaux of the Loire Valley region in Northern France, and nearby villages. These include Château de Cheverny and the Parc and Château de Chambord. Finally, Voss films the Prix de Diane horse race at the Château de Chantilly.