Title ID 5799Collection ID828
TitleA Pocketful of Dinars; Holiday in Yugoslavia
CollectionWilf Green
Genre/TypeAmateurFamily Home MovieNon-fictionHoliday
ThemeLeisure Family Life Travel
KeywordsHolidays Aircraft Boats Beaches Children Family Religious Buildings Ships Shopping Transport Nationa Parks Lakes Memorials Nature Reserves Travel Urban Areas Railways Food
LocalMaidstone Dubrovnik Lokrum Zagreb Opatija Rijeka Rab
NationalCroatia England United Kingdom Europe
ProductionWilfred Green
CameraWilfred Green
FormatColour Silent
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


A two part travelogue film, showing a family holiday to the former SFR Yugoslavia, visiting several coastal towns and communities in Croatia, including Opatija, Dubrovnik and Lokrum island.


"A Pocket Full of Dinars / Holiday in Yugoslavia 1962"

The first section mainly consists of a compilation of scenes at the beach, including shots of a speed boat, the family swimming and sunbathing, water-skiing and fishing along the jetty. Within this there are some brief shots of the Hotel Slavija in Opatija, views of the old town, a rug seller, a horse and cart, market traders selling lace, a dog playing in the sea. There are also longer sequences which show panoramas of the local scenery, a statue of a Maiden with a sea gull, street scenes, boats in the harbour, local children, a chapel with three bells and views of a visit to a travertine waterfall (possibly Plitvice Lakes or Krka Waterfalls and National Park). Intertitle: 'End of Part One'

"A Pocket Full of Dinars, Part Two"

The second half of the film shows scenes on a boat, with people dancing and playing the guitar, this is followed by views from the boat as it approaches land and the passengers disembarking (arriving in Dubrovnik?). From this point on, as with the first half, the majority of the film shows the family at leisure on the beach, sunbathing and swimming (reading Nabokov's 'Lolita'). Within this are various mixed scenes of the walls of Dubrovnik (?), the old town, street scenes, a market in the town square, local children, the 'Grand Hotel Imperial', a trolley car and a sign that reads 'Titograd 45km' (now Podgorico, Montenegro). A small speed boat takes the family to Lokrum Island (600m from Dubrovnik), where there are scenes of flowers (possibly the Botanical Gardens), boats, and the view looking back on Dubrovnik. Returning to Dubrovnik, further scenes show the town, Gundulic Square, a church, and the family sunbathing and swimming. Elevated views of landscape, town and island are taken from the top of the city walls.

The next sequence shows an airport, and brief scenes of Zagreb, featuring trolley cars, local landmarks, a cathedral, and night shots of neon advertising signs. The family then disembark from their flight home (BUA). The film closes with a portrait of the film-maker sleeping on a train which is edited with double exposures of mixed holiday scenes, cutting back and forth several times, to give the impression of a dream sequence. End title: 'Hvala Lepo Jugoslavija'.


A still from 'A Pocketful of Dinars; Holiday in Yugoslavia' (1962)