Title ID 7840Collection ID1036
Title[Italy: Ist Trip to Alana Menad [?]]
Date[ca. 1969]
KeywordsBeaches Boats Harbours Holidays Lakes Landscape Passenger Vehicles Seaside Resorts Shopping Transport Travel
LocalBelfort Brunnen Monte Carlo Rapallo
NationalFrance Italy Monaco Switzerland Europe
ProductionHorace Sheppard
CameraHorace Sheppard
ParticipantsHorace Sheppard Dorothy Sheppard (wife)
FormatColour Silent
Duration15 min. 58 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


A home movie made by Horace Sheppard on a holiday trip with his wife Dorothy. The couple travel on a coach through France, Switzerland Monte Carlo and Italy. The film focuses on the passing towns and landscape, as well as sights visited at the various stops on their journey.


The film begins with a shot of a dock and Dorothy Sheppard sat in a cafe. We then see road signs pointing to Belfort and for the Ballon d'Alsace, the mountain which borders Alsace, Lorraine and Franche-Comte. Views of the mountains are filmed from a moving vehicle - we see the road and surrounding landscape through the windows of a coach.

The next sign we see is for Brunnen, a resort on Lake Lucerne in Switzerland. We see Dorothy Sheppard walk down to a boat named the 'Fluelon', and several shots filmed from on board the boat of the lake, and the surrounding mountains which are topped with snow. The following shots are taken on board a coach and show the passing mountains and a waterfall. As the coach climbs higher the camera shows us towns and villages, highland cattle, and the road crossing a railway line. There are shots of the hairpin bends the coach must travel on. Several shots show the coach parked at a viewing spot while the tourists admire the landscape.

The coach drives into a large town and from it we see a waterfront lined with palms. Now off the coach, we see Dorothy in a sun dress looking around some gardens. There follow several shots of the harbour and palace at Monte Carlo in Monaco. There are shots of tourists watching a parade of uniformed soldiers, and Dorothy browsing the crowded souvenir stalls.

After several more shots from the bus we see another large town. Dorothy walks arm in arm with another lady, both of them carrying cameras. There is a panning shot of the Gran Caffe Rapallo, in the town of Rapallo in Northern Itally (Genoa). There are shots of boats moored in a harbour, palm trees, cafes and tourist stalls. There are several shots taken from a boat trip, and we see fellow passengers taking photographs and looking at the views.

The final shots of the film are taken from the bus again, as it travels over a bridge. We then see some more souvenir shops and shoppers.